Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Literature as anthropology

""I don't want my work to be used as a piece of anthropology, a textbook for people who don't know about the Arab world," explained Egyptian writer Youssef Rakha, one of 39 Arab authors younger than 40 selected for the Beirut39 book festival. "I think [Arab literature] is in danger of becoming something else -- something non-literary," he added."