In the corner of “publications … first sight”, we stand on the latest publications from publishing houses, universities and research centers most famous in the Arab world and some foreign languages in many fields that vary between thought, literature and history. , and open to all races, whether issued in Arabic or translated into it.
It is a first approach to the publications we suggest to the Arab reader, away from the publishers’ propaganda or the directives of the critics. The first reading gives the keys to move to the texts.
This week’s choices are divided between demographic, intellectual, critical studies, biography, poetic translations, and short story.
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“Demographic Imbalance in the State of Qatar: Implications and Solutions” is the title of a book by Abdul Hadi Saleh Al-Shawi Al-Marri, recently published by the Arab Center for Political Research and Studies. Through an approach based on the collection and analysis of statistical data related to the demographic reality of Qatar and a field study that reflects the assessments of experts, consultants and academics, the work studies and analyzes the situation of the demographic structure in Qatar, addressing the causes of its imbalance and its consequences, approaches to possible solutions and policy parameters for their reduction, anticipating the specifics of the national strategy to be elaborated.
“Being Palestinian” (“Mediterranean Publications”) is the title of the Arabic edition of the anthology published by the French publication “Sui”, translated by Abdul Latif Al-Lu’bi, last March under the title “The Anthology of Palestinian Poetry Today”. and includes poetry by Palestinian poets and the younger generation. (born 1974 and above) Yasin Adnan attended his meeting with Al-Labai, the introduction of which reads: “It is enough to pronounce the name Palestine for poetry to participate only as a guest. of a country which in itself is impossible to be poetic.It belongs largely to the poets of Palestine.
“The Migration of Albanians to Damascus in the 20th Century and Their Contribution to Cultural Life” is the title of a recent book by Kosovar-Syrian historian Muhammad M. Arnaout for “Now Publishers and Distributors”. The author recalls the presence of the Albanian religious elite who emigrated to the Levant at the beginning of the last century; Among people like Hafiz Islam al-Brashtawi and Suleiman Ghawji, he also traces three generations of Albanians, whose number did not exceed a few thousand in Syria in its independence in 1946, and their active contribution to contemporary Syrian art and literature, such as and their role in translating Albanian literature into Arabic.
The French version of the book “Poetry of Silence” by Belgian thinker and novelist Stéphane Hertmans has recently been published by Gallimard in Paris. The author returns to one of the questions that preoccupied romantic writers: What if writing and speaking before him were an obstacle in our way of achieving real life? After such a question arises the theme of silence, present in the experiences of many German romantics and their descendants, some of whom ended up advocating this silence, or refraining from writing, not only as an artistic theme, but as one more lifestyle. active than language can say.
In Abjad’s publications, a book entitled “Galiano, a Hunter of Word and Gender Transit” was recently published by Iraqi writer and critic Nadia Hanawi, which examines the texts of the Uruguayan writer and their importance in stylistic development. of short story art globally.The critic attributes this to his interest in history and his life realism, far from the imagination.In addition to caring for form and experimentation without moving on to another written genre. The book consists of an introduction and four chapters divided between theory and practice. It is worth noting that this is the author’s third work on her theory of transgenderism.
These days the publications “Lines and Shadows” are published, the Arabic version of the book “Letter on Cézanne” by the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 – 1926), by Hassan Bourqiya and Muhamed al-Naji. The work includes the collection of letters and fragments that Rilke sent from Paris to his wife, the sculptor Carla Westhoff, between the summer and autumn of 1907, during the holding of the first retrospective exhibition of the French painter. These texts are based on descriptions and analyzes of Cézanne’s style and artistic vision, as well as on Rilke’s own philosophy of art and the poetic power inherent in things.
Coming soon from Duke University Press is the book “The Legacies of War: Violence, Ecology, and Family Ties” by American researcher Kimberly Thedon. The work deals with the lives of children born as a result of rape during wars, and the experiences of the mothers of these children, in an attempt to provide a theory of reparations based on ethnographic research, which takes into account their social differences and views. of pregnancy and childbirth. The book also criticizes policymakers who adopt liberal approaches and laws in their post-violent conflict resolution.
Under the authority of Hen in Cairo, the book “Soken Simone De Beauvoir” by the Dutch writer Maria Faust (1955) was recently published, signed by the Syrian translator Rehab Mona Shaker. The work examines the biography of the pioneer of twentieth-century feminist thought and her most famous book, The Other Sex, in which she addresses the nature of gender relations and the social and political models that govern, influenced by growth. of existentialist philosophy in Europe in the middle of the last century. Faustian’s other feminist writings include Uché Smit a feminist biography, old bookshelves: feminist readings, and De Beauvoir’s summary.
By Yale University Press, the book “The Adventurer: The Life and Times of Giacomo Casanova” by literature professor Leo Damrosch has just been released. The work illuminates the life of the Italian writer (1725 – 1798), who is considered one of the first biographers in European culture, who represented in one aspect the hidden or underground realms of the Renaissance, where Casanova was known as a mathematician, author. , violinist, diplomat, army officer and spy also, in addition to his fame As a man with many emotional relationships, the book deals with his connections with a number of kings and his complex relationships with many writers; Like Voltaire and Benjamin Franklin