Rights to Laura Freudenthaler’s Geistergeschichte have been sold to: Albania (Toena), Bulgaria (Colibri), Croatia (Ljevak), Georgia (Ibis), Italy (Voland), Macedonia (Ars Lamina) Moldova (Cartier), Serbia (Strik)
First reactions to US release of Mustafa’s novel What Comes with the Dust: “Timely and important . . . a testament to the indomitable power of love and the unconquerable persistence of the human spirit in the face of the most unimaginable evil.” Corban Addison, international bestselling author of A Walk Across the Sun “Mustafa . . . brings the story of the Yazidi people to life for a Western audience in a way that line-news coverage cannot.”
Korea (Minumsa) bought at auction transaltion rights for Le Case del malcontento (The Houses of Discontent) by Sacha Naspini, and Turkey (Cumratasi) followed suit!
We are proud to announce that Film and TV rights to Le Case del malcontento by Sacha Naspini have been sold at auction to Jean Vigo Italia ( Oscar winners for Life is Beautiful) who will produce a high quality TV series for the international market.
….and two more sales for Iris Hanika: Ukrainian and Romanian for Das Eigentliche!

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Nabu Literary Agency joins in the worldwide appeal to support ASHRAF FAYADH who has been  sentenced to death by a Saudi court on November 2015 for the crime of apostasy for blaspheming and promoting atheism through his collection of poetry Instructions Within. 


Asylum from “Instructions Within”: 


Asylum: To stand at the end of a queue..

To be given a morsel of bread.

To stand!: Something your grandfather used to do.. Without knowing the reason why.

The Morsel?: You.

The homeland: A card to put in your wallet.

Money: Papers that carry images of Leaders.

The Photo: Your substitution pending your Return.

And the Return: A mythological creature … from your grandmother’s tales.

End of First Lesson


اللجوء: أن تقف في آخر الصف..

كي تحصل على كسرة وطن.

الوقوف: شيء كان يفعله جدك.. دون معرفة السبب!

والكسرة: أنت.

الوطن: بطاقة توضع في محفظة النقود.

النقود: أوراق ترسم عليها صور الزعماء.

الصورة: تنوب عنك ريثما تعود.

والعودة: كائن أسطوري.. ورد في حكايات الجدة.

انتهى الدرس الأول.

Translated by Sultan Sooud Al Qasseimi

LIFE AND FREEDOM FOR ASHRAF FAYADH The international literature festival Berlin (ilb) calls on all individuals, institutions, schools and media outlets that care about justice and freedom to participate in a worldwide reading of selected poems and other texts in support of Ashraf Fayadh, on 14 January 2016. Ashraf Fayadh, a 35 year-old Palestinian poet and art curator, who lives in Saudi Arabia, has been sentenced to death by a Saudi court on 17 November 2015 for the “crime” of apostasy. He was denied access to a lawyer throughout his detention and trial. Fayadh has been a key figure in taking Saudi contemporary art to a global audience. Chris Dercon, the director of Tate Modern, and a friend of the poet, described him as “someone who is outspoken and daring.” Besides renouncing Islam, Fayadh also stands accused of blaspheming and promoting atheism through his collection of poetry, Instructions Within, published in 2008. Fayadh has asserted that the poems are “just about me being [a] Palestinian refugee … about cultural and philosophical issues. But the religious extremists explained it as destructive ideas against God.” The charges, coupled with the lack of due legal process, show that it is not Fayadh who is guilty but rather Saudi Arabia that is once again guilty of disregarding human rights and the rule of law. In various surveys the kingdom continually ranks as one of the least free countries in the world. According to Human Rights Watch, Saudi Arabia’s ever more repressive laws now criminalize free expression and give the authorities excessive police powers that are not subject to judicial oversight. Ashraf Fayadh’s case is not the story of one man, but a symbol for all the victims of a deeply repressive regime that is supported by Western governments who claim to value freedom and democracy above all. Right now Saudi Arabia sits on the UN Human Rights Council, a body whose members are supposedly those who uphold the highest standards of civil liberties. Saudi Arabia is there since 2013 thanks to secret votetrading deals conducted with the UK, as revealed by Wikileaks. Other Western countries keep weapons and legitimacy streaming towards Saudi Arabia in order to keep oil flowing towards themselves. Caught in the current are ordinary people like Ashraf Fayadh, whose rights go unheeded in the kingdom and abroad. Amidst all the recent outrage expressed by Western leaders against IS, in the rhetoric of war and threats of retribution, there has not been a word about Saudi Arabia’s role in helping to promulgate the virulent form of Islam practiced by IS. There is no doubt about the overlaps in their ideology: both certainly endorse lashing or beheading (on the latter front Saudi Arabia actually outdid IS in the last year) anyone who does not share their views. With this worldwide reading, we demand that the UK and US governments intervene on behalf of Ashraf Fayadh as a first step towards pressuring Saudi Arabia to raise its human rights standards. We further demand that the United Nations suspend Saudi Arabia from the Human Rights Council until its abysmal record on upholding civil liberties improves. We also call on Western governments, especially in the UK and the US, to acknowledge the problems inherent in maintaining cozy, unquestioning relations with a country renowned for systematic human rights abuses. In the near future you will find the readings in various languages on the website www.worldwide-reading.com. Please contact us via the following email address if you want to participate: worldwidereading@literaturfestival.com

Signatories for Ashraf Fayadh:

Héctor Abad, Colombia

Alaa Al-Aswany, Egypt

Ahmed Almulla, Saudi Arabia

Martin Amis, U.K.

Chloe Aridjis, U.K. / Mexico

Homero Aridjis, Mexico

Rae Armantrout, USA

Carmen-Francesca Banciu, Germany

John Banville, Ireland

Charles Bernstein, USA

Carol Birch, U.K.

Knut Boeser, Germany

Mirko Bonné, Germany

Rachid Boudjedra, Algeria

Rafael Cardoso, Brasil

Brian Castro, Australia

Patrizia Cavalli, Italy

Noam Chomsky, USA

Edwidge Danticat, Haiti/USA

Marie Darrieussecq, France

Michael Day, USA

Aleš Debeljak, Slovenia

Lidija Dimkovska, Macedonia

Jörn Donner, Finland / Sweden

Negin Ehtesabian, Iran

Jostein Gaarder, Norway

Timothy Garton Ash, U.K.

Jochen Gerz, Germany

Paul Ginsborg, U.K. / Italy

Peter Goldsworthy, Australia

Patricia Grace, New Zealand

Jan Groh, Germany

Durs Grünbein, Germany

Nedim Gürsel, Turkey

Paal-Helge Haugen, Norway

Rolf Hosfeld, Germany

Dieter Ingenschay, Germany

Hendrick Jackson, Germany

Gerald Jatzek, Austria

Elfriede Jelinek, Austria

Viktor Jerofejew, Russia

Lloyd Jones, New Zealand

Peter Stephan Jungk, Austria / USA

Thomas Keneally, Australia

Sibylle Knauss, Germany

Wayne Koestenbaum, USA

Judith Kuckart, Germany

Laila Lalami, USA / Morocco

Jürgen Lodemann, Germany

Paul Michael Lützeler, USA

Jamal Mahjoub, U.K. / Sudan

Geert Mak, Netherlands

Norman Manea, Romania

Alberto Manguel, Argentina

Émile Martel, Canada

Maaza Mengiste, USA / Ethiopia

Herta Müller, Romania

Kiran Nagarkar, India

Moni Nilsson, Sweden

Bernard Noël, France

Florence Noiville, France

Brigitte Oleschinski, Germany

Uri Orlev, Israel / Poland

Michael Palmer, USA

Miquel de Palol, Spain

Orhan Pamuk, Turkey

Tim Parks, U.K.

Don Paterson, Scotland

Andras Petöcz, Hungary

Kornelijus Platelis, Lithuania

Marko Pogacar, Croatia

Francine Prose, USA

Ilma Rakusa, Switzerland

Laura Restrepo, Colombia

Göran Rosenberg, Sweden

Mikhail Ryklin, Russia

Sapphire, USA

Wolfgang Schiffer, Germany

Elke Schmitter, Germany

Lorenz Schröter, Germany

Elif Shafak, Turkey

Farshid Shafiee, Iran

Rajvinder Singh, Germany / India

Ostap Slyvynsky, Ukraine

Tzveta Sofronieva, Germany / Bulgaria

Ahdaf Soueif, U.K. / Egypt

Klaus Staeck, Germany

Peter Stamm, Switzerland

Kanta Stanchina, India

C.K. Stead, New Zealand

Aleš Šteger, Slovenia

Stefanie von Steinaecker, Germany

E. E. Sule, Nigeria

George Szirtes, U.K. / Hungary

Janne Teller, Denmark

Hans Thill, Germany

Annika Thor, Sweden

Ivan Vladislavic, South Africa

István Vörös, Hungary

Irvine Welsh, U.K.

Herbert Wiesner, Germany

Robert Williams, U.K.

Dubravka Ugresic, Croatia

Jovan Zivlak, Serbia

Slavoj Žižek, Slovenia