I started this blog to feature various bits of Arabic writing that I read and think are interesting. I wanted the title of the blog to be thomasta but it was taken. Now that I have started to include my own articles and not just translation this feels like it could be a little arrogant. I prefer to think of it as Ironic.

I will post selections from Arabic fiction and non-fiction and maybe some newspaper articles as well. I will try to only feature things that are not translated into English. I will not, generally, include full works for copyright reasons. If you want to read the whole thing you will have to learn Arabic or commission me (or indeed someone else) to translate it.

The translations on here are meant to provide and idea of some of the things that are/ were going on in Arabic literature but are not translated into English. They are not authoritative or canonical, mostly they are just the things that are on my desk at any one time. The translations are also hurried. Really good translation takes a lot of time and I apologise for any mistakes or odd periphrases that appear on this page.

I also include various other things that I have been writing about.

Raphael Cormack


2 Responses to “About”

  1. Alan January 5, 2014 at 8:48 am #

    Is “my only articles” a typo? And “put selections” seems to be the wrong verb. Maybe you mean “post”.
    I enjoy reading your comments. Wish I had the time and energy to tackle Arabic.

    • raphael cormack January 5, 2014 at 8:57 am #


      ‘Only’ instead of ‘own’ is a bizarre kind of phonic typo. I wonder if there is a word for that?


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