This in via the Arab Literature (in English) site, where you can also read the rest of the article, and a further range of materials concerning Arab literature in translation, such as their previous post detailing what new books translated from Arabic are coming out this year.
In Praise of … Khaled Khalifa
Even after being beaten last Saturday, and having his left hand broken, Syrian novelist Khaled Khalifa continues to write.
Khalifa said, in a phone interview last week with theLA Times, “They [the ones who attacked him] were approximately five men. It all happened on the street. My left hand is broken. I write with my right hand, but typing on the computer is difficult now.”
Khalifa had been participating in the funeral of a friend, Rabi Ghazzy, who died from a gunshot wound to the head. According to Le Monde, other artists and critics at the funeral were also arrested or beaten.
The incident was reminiscent of the attack on celebrated Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat last summer.