I de-coupled this from my review of Abdelmeguid’s Saint Theresa, although the two novellas have been published together by AUC Press, because I find Sleeping with Strangers a much harder book to review.
Prominent Egyptian caricature artist, book designer, and children’s book author Mohieddin Al-Labbad died last Saturday at age 70, numerous sources report. Al-Labbad was one of the most prominent book-cover designers in the Arab world. He also produced many illustrations and… Read More ›
I do hope that Khairy Shalaby has success with the English translation of his The Time-Travels of the Man Who Sold Pickles and Sweets (1991), due out this fall from AUC Press. It was translated by Michael Cooperson.
Bahaa Abdelmegid first published the slim, 96-page Saint Theresa in 2001. When it finally appeared in English in 2010—apparently it had been on AUC Press’s “to translate” list for a while—it came packaged with a 2005 novella of Abdelmeguid’s, Sleeping… Read More ›
This morning, the computers at Amazon.Com kindly alerted me (as someone who raved about Sonallah Ibrahim’s Stealth) that Egyptian author Radwa Ashour has a new book out in English this month: Specters. Translated by Barbara Romaine—who did a lovely version… Read More ›
Poet/journalist Youssef Rakha has a lovely assessment of Ahmad Yamani’s work, and his position in contemporary Egyptian poetry, on the occasion of Yamani’s new book, Amakin Khati’ah. The piece was published in Al Ahram and re-published on Rakha’s blog. The… Read More ›
UPDATE: Police have arrested the alleged Youm al-Sabea hacker, 24-year-old Tarek Ahmed, according to Al Masry Al Youm. Just to confuse me, he has been charged with, among other things, denigrating religion (he allegedly hacked Youm al-Sabea because he was… Read More ›
Al Masry Al Youm reports that Mubarak Jr. went behind closed doors with a number of cultural figures—they list as attendees as Biblioteca Alexandrina Director Ismail Serag Eddin; National Center for Translation Director (and literary critic) Gaber Asfour; Supreme Council… Read More ›
In Al Masry Al Youm, Amany Aly Shawky reviews Mekkawi Said’s latest: مقتنيات وسط البلد , or Downtown Collectibles.
Rashda Ragab has a glowing review of economist Galal Amin’s recently published Rahik al-Omr, or Nectar of the Years (2010, Dar el Shorouk), in this week’s Al Ahram Weekly. This is Amin’s second full-length autobiography, coming after Madha Allamatni Al-Hayah?… Read More ›
August Egyptian author Gamal al-Ghitani (Zayni Barakat, The Zafarani Files) announced last week that he’s rejected a nomination for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction, or the “Arabic Booker.”
I seem to have come across a number of “essential” books summarizing works by great Egyptian thinkers and writers: I recently read The Essential Tawfiq al Hakim (2008) and The Essential Yusuf Idris (2009), both out from AUC Press, and… Read More ›