"My dad woke me up at dawn, asking if I’d done anything stupid. He repeated his question as if he were addressing me from another world, about the nature of the calamity I had caused."
"The superstitious say the spirits live at night, and that they even take over the roads, especially during the long winter nights. Thunder, they say, is nothing but the sound of their fighting, and lightning the blood from their endless wars."
"No one expected things to go this way."
The collection of the Egyptian blogger and activist Alaa Abd El Fattah's essays is due out October 20, 2021: Some of the essays, which have various translators, will appear in English for the first time. Some have previously been published in Mada Masr. Naomi Klein will write the preface. Fitzcarraldo writes: Alaa Abd el-Fattah, 39, is … Continue reading Fitzcarraldo to Publish Alaa Abd El Fattah’s ‘You Have Not Yet Been Defeated’
Egyptian author, activist, and physician Nawal El Saadawi -- one of the most widely translated Arab authors of the twentieth century -- died Sunday at the age of 89.
"Translators have approached me in the past about translating my work into English, but it didn’t come to anything because I wasn’t comfortable with some of their editorial suggestions, such as amplifying a particular aspect of the text or emphasizing an element to which I hadn’t given prominence."
Edwar al-Kharrat (1926-2015) was an Egyptian novelist, writer, and critic, and great lover of books. He would have been 95 today. In his honor, we revisit this special section.
History of the Gods of Egypt is a metaficitional narrative that not only addresses the transgenerational political and social trauma in an unsettling near-future Egypt but also ponders the nature of madness as a powerful creative force and as a tool of resistance against the inescapability of guilt.
"O you, standing on the verge of the massacre, / Brandish your weapons!"
"The place was choking, and it will always be."
"Magdy’s gaze fell by accident on a tiny ad written in fine print in the bottom corner of one of the pages of a local newspaper."
"Yet none of us could object, as that was the way things were; these were the laws of our society, and we were completely satisfied with them. I didn't know whether we had a choice in this satisfaction, but I didn't like to tire my mind thinking about it."