Relaunch: The Subtleties of the Inimitable Mulla Nasrudin

Relaunch: The Subtleties of the Inimitable Mulla Nasrudin

Mulla Nasrudin Last month, ISF relaunched The Subtleties of the Inimitable Mulla Nasrudin. It’s a selection of tales about the eponymous Middle Eastern joke character Mulla Nasrudin. The jokes are widespread- the Mulla is called Goha in Egypt (Joha in other Arab...
Beyond East & West

Beyond East & West

The issue of East and West has always interested me. As both Canadian and Lebanese, I was born into it: it’s the story of my family, and then became my lifelong work as a diplomat and mediator. I was born in Lebanon, a country that, in the 1960s, was a lively...
Borges: Influence and Coincidence

Borges: Influence and Coincidence

By Sergio Missana On a visit to Buenos Aires a few years ago I was privileged to spend an afternoon in the library of Jorge Luis Borges. The hours flew by as, completely absorbed, I flicked through the author’s books. None of them were catalogued in any seeming order;...