Lit & Found: Bushra al-Maqtari’s ‘What Have You Left Behind?’ tr. Sawad Hussain

Ahead of that, n + 1 and The Guardian have both run excerpts from the book. It contains the memories of victims, whose suffering the warring parties insist on deepening and exploiting, and shows how all of the parties in the conflict, in the end, are murderers.” The excerpt in both n + 1 and the Guardian opens starkly: I reached Aden, the temporary capital of Yemen, in the second week of March 2015. The 2018 book, al-Maqtari said in an interview with al-Madaniya, was an attempt to “resist death through writing”; she added: “It was a simple attempt to document the narrative of the war and its dark memory based on those affected by it. Houthi militias bombed the presidential palace, where President Hadi was holed up. Missiles shook the city from all sides. Leaders of political parties departed the country with their families. The translation to English, by Sawad Hussain, is set to appear from Fitzcarraldo in October. Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailPrintLinkedInRedditTumblrWhatsAppPinterestTelegramPocketSkypeLike this:Like Loading… Continue reading at The Guardian or n + 1. On 23 March, the decision to go to war was made; diplomats and international employees left Sana’a, Yemen’s largest city, while foreign embassies closed their doors and evacuated their personnel. Army tanks trundled down the main streets. I said farewell to some of them in good faith. Lit & Found: Bushra al-Maqtari’s ‘What Have You Left Behind?’ tr. I didn’t think that – having sensed the war was coming – they had decided to flee and leave us to our fate. Sawad Hussain August 26, 2022August 26, 2022 by mlynxqualey Bushra al-Maqtari’s What Have You Left Behind?: Voices from a Forgotten War, originally appeared in Arabic by Riad El-Rayyes Publishers in 2018. A researcher, journalist, and novelist, al-Maqtari has been — in the words of al-Madaniya’s editors — “a resounding voice for the people during the 2011 revolution in Yemen as an activist and writer.” A German translation of her book What You Have Left Behind: Voices from the Land of the Forgotten War was published in 2020, and al-Maqtari was awarded the Johann Philipp Palm Award for Freedom of Speech and Press in 2020.

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