Bloomsbury Qatar releases Kuwaiti author's book

April 03, 2014 - 12:28:46 pm

KUWAIT: Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing (BQFP) house in conjunction with Contemporary Art Platform (CAP) launched Kuwaiti writer Mai Al Nakib's book 'The Hidden Light of Object'.

Speaking at the book release and reading, BQFP English Publishing Head Thalia Suzuma said, "BQFP is proud to publish Mai's debut collection of short stories.

"It is full of dichotomies between the personal and the universal, the political and the individual."

"These are stories that will resonate with all readers as it captures memories, traces reflections, and adds colours to the transience of life."

Debutant author Al Nakib is an Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Kuwait University. Her academic research deals mainly with cultural politics in the Middle East.

Speaking about her collection, Al Nakib said, "I think of the stories as experiments with memory. I am interested in how remembered moments motivate writing but, beyond that, how they motivate people and characters to narrate their lives in highly specific and singular ways."

'The Hidden Light of Objects' is a collection of short stories set mainly in the Middle East.

Although the stories engage familiar events in the region - the invasion of Kuwait, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the civil war in Lebanon the focus is on the everyday lives of people who live there.

The book is about loss and memory, war and love, and strange longing objects can unexpectedly trigger.

BQFP is a partnership of Qatar Foundation and Bloomsbury Publishing (Plc).

It focuses on publishing fiction and non-fiction books of excellence and originality. (QNA)