Arabpop, new magazine for Arab art and literature

With original literature, photos, music and graphic novels

28 September, 12:51

    NAPLES - A new Arab contemporary art and literature magazine called Arabpop will debut in Italian bookshops on 29 September, with over 140 colour pages of original literature, articles, reviews, illustrations, photographs, music playlists and graphic novels.
    It includes a special dedicated to the city of Beirut with writing and images published for the first time in Italian.
    The magazine is published by the Neapolitan publishing house Tamu, and comes from the experience of the eponymous book published in 2020 by Mimesis.
    The editorial staff - Chiara Comito, Fernanda Fischione, Anna Gabai, Silvia Moresi and Olga Solombrino - led by editorial director Christian Elia, consists of academics, researchers and translators who have been working for years with the culture of contemporary Arab countries.
    The first issue is dedicated to the theme of metamorphosis, understood as transformation in the broadest and most transversal sense of the word: change and evolution in artistic sensibilities, political revolutions and decline, literary changes, musical hybrids, and changing bodies and identities.
    Arabpop gives space to the original work of Arab artists and writers as well as long-form journalism, interviews and translations.
    There are also regular sections including a themed playlist; comics; reviews; and book, film and music recommendations chosen by the editorial staff.
    Contributors to the first issue include: Sinan Antoon and Youssef Rakha, two of the most important living Arab writers; Palestinian poet Carol Sansour and Moroccan novelist Mohammed S.
    Hjiouij, translated for the first time in Italian; Lebanese artists Lena Merhej and JAD, originators of contemporary Lebanese comics; and the young and brilliant illustrators Lilia Benbelaïd and Adra Kandil, the latter of whom created the issue's cover.

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