Popular beliefs are an important part of our behavior and character. They’re deep-rooted and we often use them on a daily basis although they are illogical.We don’t want to eliminate them...Categorizing books and the curious case of Sad Tropics
When Claude Lévi-Strauss published his book Tristes Tropicos (Sad Tropics) in 1955, critics were not sure how to categorize the book as it’s like a novel but it’s not exactly a...Shireen Maalouf, the pianist playing for prisoners
Shireen Maalouf is one of the most precious people I met while studying in Lebanon. She resembles sweet rain that flows in a forgotten and remote land.She simply feels the pain of others and hopes to...Sharjah Book Fair and Louvre Abu Dhabi
The Sharjah International Book Fair and the inauguration of the Louvre Abu Dhabi have thrilled us in the UAE. The Book Fair displays publications, which delve into the details of those who are flawed....The literature of confession
The most difficult thing a novelist can do is sit before people to testify as this act reveals the literary journey, which turned him into an author. The gathering will thus resemble a sad adventure...Frankincense, the story of a tree that continues to weep for love
A legend has it that a girl from jinn fell in love with a human boy. Since this love was a violation of the jinn rules, they decided to punish her and transform her into something else. She cried for...The beauty of novels
Al-Mutanabbi used to get really upset when his wife narrated dull stories, like stories about ants and bugs, to their son. These stories were inherited from the past and she used to justify their...The unfortunate trend of seeking a ‘free’ copy
There’s no doubt that books revive our exhausted minds which are often blurred by unchanged ideas. Books represent a free and significant project that, first and foremost, needs the...