Start Reading: Excerpt of Hani al-Rahib’s ‘The Epidemic’ for ‘And Other Stories’ Reading Group

And it begins: It’s time to get an copy of Hani al-Rahib’s الوباء or read the excerpt and more online at the And Other Stories website:

  • 2.-The-Epidemic-300x428Download and read Bassam Frangieh’s translation of an extract from The Epidemic, originally published in Banipal 9.
  • Read Bassam Frangieh’s profile of al-Rahib, ‘Hani al-Rahib and Writing in the Sands,’ also from Banipal 9.
  • Order the book in Arabic from Neel Wa Furat here, avail yourself of interlibrary loan, or visit your local (Arabic) bookshop.

Meetings to discuss the book, and its translatability, will take place in Cairo (details here) and New York (details TBA here) at the end of September, with additional interest coming from London and DC. If you live in London or DC and are interested in participating in a reading group, contact

And as reading group ringleader Elisabeth Jaquette notes: “And for everyone, everywhere – I hope we can get a good discussion going on AOS’ forum on their author pages (here’s the one for Hani al-Rahib). Please do add your thoughts about the books and excerpts to the comments section.”

More about the And Other Stories project, which will include readings of two other novels (potentially to translate into English):

Crowdsourcing Discussions of Books to Translate: Get Involved in NYC, Cairo, Online