Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Makana Mysteries

One of PalFest's first participants has taken on a pen-name for the new series of Cairo-set detective novels, the Makana Mysteries. Read the overwhelmingly positive user reviews - then buy a copy - on Amazon here

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

2011 Report Now Online

Our report on all our activities for 2011. It's been beautifully laid out by Muiz, so take a look and download it here.

New Najwan Darwish translation online

This translation of Najwan Darwish's poem 'Like These Trees' has just been published by the Free Word Centre

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Kol HaMusica by Najwan Darwish [English translation]

Kol HaMusica


Our enemies call the piano ‘psanter’ …
How long have these psanters been striking 
in the wake of the sleeping dead?
How long have they continued their transmission from
the station ‘Kol HaMusica’
while their planes shell the Southern Suburb  of Beirut 
and bomb a three-room home in Jabalia Camp?

The psanters
that never ceased to hunt him down 
to the darkness of the other bank.

The psanters
that now strike with an  icy drone. 

The psanters
The psanters

He will carry on calling  them in the enemy’s language 
until the musical instrument  desists from partaking  in the crime.


‘The piano is the grandchild of the Qanun.’
This is a historical fact,
it has nothing to do with these psanters 
that now slash my face with razor blades.

The occupiers do not care for stories of blood or dynasties,
to them the piano is but a foundling they call the ‘psanter’.


Sometimes I think that soldiers killed the pianists,
and generals are now playing inside the records.

Translated by Lubna Fahoum