The book we discussed in episode 46 — The Frightened Ones, by Dima Wannous, newly translated to English by Elisabeth Jaquette — turned out to be unusually suited to the moment:
In “A Woman Shaped by Fear,” we talk about the Wannous’ haunting novel, in lucid, vibrant translation by Jaquette. It’s a book about fear, panic and anxiety — in one’s body and society, between generations and lovers — that is also somehow a great pleasure to read.
We discussed the work of Wannous’ father, the brilliant playwright Sa’adallah Wannous, in Episode 28, “Sentenced to Hope.”
We mentioned concerns over the spread of COVID-19 in Egyptian prisons. Political prisoner Alaa Abdel Fattah wrote an essay on health and prison before the pandemic.
Listen now: “A Woman Shaped by Fear.“