"What made the Archive Department’s documents history, given that her documents were closer to real life? In the end, wasn’t history life in the past?"
"He placed the suitcase lightly into the tray, and then took off to meet it on the other side. "
"I learned to read and write late. I grew up in Saudi Arabia—which is where we migrated because of the war in Eritrea—without official papers, so I couldn’t find a school to accept me, despite all the efforts of my mother, who went around to the schools in Jeddah to no avail."
"The International Prize for Arabic Fiction’s tardy acknowledgment is better late than never."
"At any rate, the continuing launch of books at the fair proves the importance of printed material in today’s world, where the image and electronic media seem so dominant. This year, the list of newly published books give a sense of the ascendancy of writing and publishing on the Sudanese cultural scene."
"What I should tell you is this: Read 'African Titanics' tomorrow, read it yesterday, but don’t read it today."
Clearly, there is no novel that "humanizes" its subject — the subjects were already human: before, during, and after the book. But there are some novels that humanize the reader, making us more fully aware of the worlds inside ourselves. This is such a novel.