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Jamal Naji with Joumana Haddad

Cartagena 2011, 
Arabic literature continues to be a great unknown in the West. Initiatives such as the IPAF (the Arabic Booker Prize) and Beirut39, have raised awareness of an extremely rich literary tradition. The author Jamal Naji, a Jordanian writer of Palestinian origin, has been a finalist for the prize. He talks to poet and journalist Joumana Haddad about the future of Arabic literature, its challenges, censorship, distribution and profile abroad. 
 
Jamal Naji with Joumana Haddad