Lit & Found: Banipal 72, Iraqi Jewish Writers

Lit & Found: Banipal 72, Iraqi Jewish Writers December 3, 2021December 2, 2021 by mlynxqualey The latest issue of Banipal magazine, out now, focuses on Iraqi Jewish writers. Sadly, all this came to a tragic end with the massive transfer-emigration and forced displacement of Iraqi Jews in the 1950s to Israel. More about the issue on the Banipal website. The issue also includes essays about the authors and poets. The magazine’s editors write:“For several centuries, Iraqi Jews were key contributors to Iraq’s rich social and cultural tapestry – active in all areas of life as novelists, poets, essayists, journalists, musicians, composers, singers, and artists. “The texts raise universal questions of belongingness, exile, diaspora, cross-national affinities, and cross-linguistic possibilities – all are either translated directly from Arabic (approximately two-thirds) or from Hebrew, with one written originally in English.”The front cover image is of Iraqi-Jewish writer Maryam al-Mulla (1927-2013), whose “His Tragedy, A Proverb” is translated for the issue by Reuven Snir and Aviva Butt. Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailPrintLinkedInRedditTumblrWhatsAppPinterestTelegramPocketSkypeLike this:Like Loading… The magazine’s seventy-second issue features short stories, novel excerpts, and poems by 17 authors of Iraqi descent, guest-edited by Yehouda   Shenhav-Shahrabani   and Yuval Evri.

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