Middle East

'How can I be an Arab writer and not write about war'

Lebanese poet Zeina Hashem Beck speaks with Al Jazeera about writing on exile, displacement and war.

War & Conflict

Searching for Garcia Lorca

Will finding controversial poet's final resting place help Spain reconcile with its tragic past?

by Hisham Aidi

Arts & Culture

South Korean novel wins Man Booker prize

Han Kang's allegorical tale wins literary prize, which for the first time will be split evenly with the translator.

Arts & Culture

Chronicler of China's 'darker side' in Man Booker race

Yan Lianken says mainland's media instructed not to publicise nomination of The Four Books, a political satire.

Arts & Culture

Once upon a time in the cosmopolitan east

New novel about 19th-century Armenian merchant is a metaphoric reminder of the cosmopolitan character of our cultures.

by Hamid Dabashi

Middle East

Q&A: A 'terrible moment' for the Arab world

It is time to rethink the destiny of the region, Lebanese author Elias Khoury tells Al Jazeera.

Arts & Culture

Egypt artists call for freedom after novelist is jailed

Following sentencing of author Ahmed Naji, artists and writers campaign for more creative freedom amid crackdown.

Arts & Culture

Umberto Eco is dead: Long live Umberto Eco

Jealous novelists criticised his novels, but readers around the globe devoured his dazzling brilliance.

by Hamid Dabashi

Arts & Culture

Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird author, dies at 89

Pulitzer Prize-winning American author waited 55 years to publish a second book titled Go Set a Watchman in 2015.

Politics

Agatha Christie's love-hate story with the Arabs

Forty years after her death, Britain's queen of crime fiction continues to haunt and inspire the Arab world.

by Marcia Lynx Qualey

Politics

Yes, Ahmed Naji is a novelist

Why Egyptian novels are causing heart murmurs, eye tics and blood pressure problems.

by Marcia Lynx Qualey

Al Jazeera World

Noam Chomsky: Knowledge and Power

An in-depth look at the work and views of the man described as 'one of the greatest minds in human history'.

Arts & Culture

Belarussian Alexievich awarded Nobel literature prize

Svetlana Alexievich wins award for work on Soviet women during Second World War and after Chernobyl disaster.

Arts & Culture

Harper Lee and the death of a hero

Go Set a Watchman exposes Atticus Finch as being a staunch racist all along - leaving many in the US reeling.

by Hamid Dabashi

Arts & Culture

German Nobel laureate novelist Gunter Grass dies at 87

Grass, praised for his epic treatment of the Nazi era but criticised for his own World War II past, dies in hospital.