Documenting the Books in Abdelrahman Munif’s Missing Library

“Munif’s Library consists of approximately 10.000 publications from the field of politics, philosophy, arts, literature and poetry. Encompassing a wide span of time, the library acts as an archive of the movements in publishing, writing and distribution within the Arab world in the last century.”

‘Life on Hold': A Novel of Stalled Dreams in Saudi Arabia

A novel where the “days are all much the same, bringing nothing new” is a difficult thing to pull off. And Fahd al-Atiq’s “Life on Hold,” trans. Jonathan Wright, couldn’t be characterized as a page-turner. But the book does manage to craft a compelling narrative about the contradictions of contemporary Riyadh even as the protagonist remains stranded in nowhere-land


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