NAPLES – A new contemporary Arab art and literature magazine called Arabpop will debut in Italian bookstores on September 29, with over 140 full-color pages of original literature, articles, reviews, illustrations, photographs, musical playlists and graphic novels .
It includes a special dedicated to the city of Beirut with writings and images published for the first time in Italian.
The magazine is edited by the Neapolitan publishing house Tamu, and is based on the experience of the eponymous book published in 2020 by Mimesis.
The editorial team – Chiara Comito, Fernanda Fischione, Anna Gabai, Silvia Moresi and Olga Solombrino – led by the editorial director Christian Elia, is made up of academics, researchers and translators who have worked for years with the culture of Arab countries contemporaries.
The first issue is devoted to the theme of metamorphosis, understood as transformation in the broadest and most transversal sense of the term: change and evolution of artistic sensibilities, political revolutions and decline, literary mutations, musical hybrids, change of bodies and identities. .
Arabpop makes room for the original work of Arab artists and writers as well as long-term journalism, interviews and translations.
There are also regular sections that include a thematic reading list; comics; Comments; and recommendations of books, films and music chosen by the editorial staff.
The contributors to the first issue are: 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 into Italian; Lebanese artists Lena Merhej and JAD, at the origin of contemporary Lebanese comics; and the young and brilliant illustrators Lilia BenbelaÃ¯d and Adra Kandil, the latter of whom produced the cover of the issue.