Culture and Conflict

  •    May 2012
      For more, see the gallery of Al-Mutanabbi Street Broadsides. In March 2007 a car-bomb suicide attack destroyed the entire perimeter of Al-Mutanabbi Street, the heart and soul of Baghdad’s intellectual and cultural community for centuries. Responding to this tragedy, artists from all over the world have come to share a sense of solidarity as well as ownership in a project that refus...
  •    May 2012
      "What started as a call for poets and writers to write and read poems in April 2007 in memory of those who lost their lives on Al-Mutanabbi Street quickly morphed into a call to letterpress printers to produce a visual response to the attack. The response Beausoleil received was immediate and overwhelming, with over forty letterpress printers responding with powerful and evocative broadside...
  •    May 2012
    A map showing loss of Palestinian land from 1946-2010. http://www.jvpchicago.org/resources/brief-history Like all Palestinians who have lived in historic Palestine since its fragmentation in 1948, Palestinian writers face enormous day-to-day challenges. Four contemporary Palestinian writers living in the occupied West Bank—Mahmoud Shukair, Suad Amiri, Sahar Khalifa, and Raja Shehadeh—are mee...
  •    May 2012
    A supplement to the May 2012 issue of WLT: further reading on Iran, Iraq, and Palestine.    Iran Simin Daneshvar, Savushun: A Novel about Modern Iran, tr. M. R. Ghanoonparvar (Mage, 1991).   Mahmoud Dowlatabadi, Missing Soluch, tr. Kamran Rastegar (Melville House, 2007).    Shirin Ebadi, Iran Awakening: A Memoir of Revolution and Hope, tr. Azad...