“We realized we could understand Cairo and tell some of its stories from the perspective of those street chairs.”
The reason given by Egypt’s finance ministry was that the book was “instigating revolt.”
Hisham al-Khashin’s ‘Graphite,’ longlisted for the 2015 International Prize for Arabic Fiction, shows women struggling against social conventions in Egypt. But do they get anywhere?
Al-Araby al-Jadeed posted a review of Nael Eltoukhy’s Women of Karantina, snappily translated by Robin Moger, on Feb. 14 as an act of love: It begins: If you only read translated Arabic literature you might get the impression Egyptians are a rather… Read More ›
For those looking for just the right place to take a beloved on February 14, clearly there can be nowhere else but Beit El-Sehimi, where Orhan Pamuk, Ibrahim Abdelmeguid, and Sherine Abulnaga will kick off the first-ever Cairo Lit Festival.
The International Prize for Arabic Fiction shortlist will be announced at 10:50 a.m. GMT on Friday, February 13 (apparently, no triskaidekaphobes on staff). In anticipation, we look at Ashraf al-Khamaisi’s longlisted Sharp Turn: By Raphael Cormack Ashraf al-Khamaisi’s last book, God’s Lands of Exile,… Read More ›
“I don’t really know what to call it that wouldn’t be quite cumbersome: perhaps, ‘A Dictionary of Disputed Events in Egypt from 2011-2014.'”
“I have a license to take a historical character and add to it, but I think this is not fair.”
“It all came together, the god messenger, patron of smugglers and thieves (LuSuuS) and (ro’aat) shepherds, and it’s the dawn of the age of avatars, and I am ripe for taking on a persona.”
Egyptian poet Maged Zaher has translated another work by the slain poet Shaimaa El-Sabbagh. This one was recorded on video and has been watched more than a hundred thousand times in the last week.
Syracuse University Press recently published The Revolt of the Young: Essays by Tawfiq al-Hakim, newly translated by Mona Radwan. Inspirational in 2011, how does this collection stand now?
Shaimaa El-Sabbagh, the activist who was shot dead at a rally in Tahrir Square yesterday, was also a poet.