“In both my fiction and my academic writing, I have long been interested in the mutually constitutive roles of ruler and ruled. I am intent on exploring how this manipulates people’s fates, and am determined to resist the ways it reshapes their understanding of the world.”
An Author-Translator Conversation: Donia Kamal’s ‘Cigarette Number Seven’ and Archiving Romantic Ideals
“One thing I want to add to that is that ‘Cigarette Number Seven,’ in dealing with the unfinished dream of one woman, is mainly about the idea that everything – experiences, emotions, attempts to change the world— moves in cycles that never reach a clear end or resolution. There can be a lot of pain in that.”
“The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) condemned the confiscation of the assets of Alef Bookstore in all its branches all over Egypt’s governorates.”
Friday Finds: Miral al-Tahawy’s ‘Writing the Body and the Rhetoric of Protest in Arab Women’s Literature’
“That was a girl who intuitively knew that modesty resides in denying her female identity.”
“Forthcoming in translation is Ashour’s The Journey, translated by Michelle Hartman and set to be released by Interlink Books.”
“In 2017, The Open Door still makes a thrilling romantic read about finding a feminist lover in an anti-feminist world, while also asking: How does one find the rediscover one’s authentic childhood self as an adult? And how, in this world of injustices, does one productively resist?”
“Is this authority really that clever and strong, or is it the people’s imagination that makes it terrifying?”
In addition to being printed in Al-Ahram Weekly, “Postmuslim“ will appear at http://thesultan.blot.im every Friday starting on July 7.
“She’d drowned herself in anti-depressants that left her a breathing corpse until, one day of July, Mariam found herself walking coldly into the kitchen and turning the knob on the cooker on so the gas would flow freely into the house. Minutes later, she turned it off quietly and opened the kitchen window as if to clear the house off the smell of potato frying.”
Once you’ve read ‘The City Always Wins,’ five more Egypt books about feminism, revolution, and history.
“The great thing about the book is that you can one minute want to shake almost any of the characters by the shoulders and then at the next sympathize. Even the central character in Goliath’s Eye chapter, is simultaneously evil, banal, and kind of understandable, in an appalling way.”
“But irony and sarcasm are dangerous devices. And I have a fleeting sense that my fondness of irony will one day cause my demise.”