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 ›
Re:Viewing Egypt, a book of photographs by Xavier Roy (pictured, with a copy) and text by Gamal al-Ghitani (Zayni Barakat, Zafarani Files), is now available in the U.K. from Haus Press.
Last week, there was quite a flap in the Egyptian literary world as the country’s State Incentive Award went to Tareq Imam’s The Serenity of Killers (Dar Merit)—but then was snatched back on the pretext that Imam had already won a (Sawiris, second-place) award for the book.
Last week, the “BuSSy” (بصي) project staged its fifth annual performance exploring women’s lives in Egypt. The series of stories, titled “Look!” and originally inspired by The Vagina Monologues, took place at the Opera House complex last Wednesday and Thursday…. Read More ›
Ursula Lindsay has a lovely interview with Sonallah Ibrahim in The National, on the occasion of his novel التلصص (Stealth) appearing in English. As someone who was only allowed 570 words to write about this amazing book, I’m quite jealous…. Read More ›
NOTE: Vertigo has been named “best revolution read” of 2011. # Novels, Orhan Pamuk has argued, are fundamentally visual. Such is the case for the works of photographer-author Ahmed Mourad, one of the few suspense writers in the Arabophone world…. Read More ›
Gamal al-Ghitani is interviewed in this week’s Qantara, mostly on the topic of the latest legal wrangling over 1,001 Nights. With all due respect to a greater literary mind, I must disagree with al-Ghitani’s statement that there is no government… Read More ›
I’ll be there, insha’allah.
Last night, author Khaled al-Berry defied World Cup mania and celebrated the launch of his new novel, رقصة شرقية (Middle Eastern Dance) at Kotob Khan in New Ma’adi. The book, which just came out from Dar Al Ain, opens in… Read More ›