This past year has seen tremendous upheaval in the Arab world.
Today Libyans marked the anniversary of the beginning of their uprising against Muammar Gaddafi's regime.
Meanwhile Egyptians persevere on the road to democracy.
Last month they marked the one-year anniversary of the start of protests in Cairo's Tahrir Square.
Elsewhere in the region, the "Arab Spring" continues.
Marco Werman talks to John Freeman, editor of British literary magazine Granta, for suggestions on writing from the Arab world to help us understand what's happening there.