ArabLit Holiday Gift Guide 2019

For every literature-lover, food-eater, cat-lover, and beverage-drinker on your gift list.

6 Reads, 6 Different Views on Ramadan

Six different Ramadans from genres, countries, and periods:  1) "Ramadan," a poem by Khaled Mattawa on  Web Del Sol. Of Ramadan's spent in Libya when The spirits/ of Johnny Walker and gin/ hide in the trunks of white Peugeots./ In the nightclubs of my city, waiters/ serve only non-alcoholic beer/ and belly dancers cover themselves." Also: This month the moon becomes a … Continue reading 6 Reads, 6 Different Views on Ramadan

Don’t Have a Father’s Day Gift? (Yes, Of Course, Literary Suggestions)

If your dad likes complex but ultimately heartwarming father-son relationships in (great) literature: Stealth, by Sonallah Ibrahim, has a touching father-son relationship at its core. It's also an excellent, very readable book. Although some accused Ibrahim of writing autobiography (it hews closely to his own experience growing up in Cairo in the post-WWII era), this … Continue reading Don’t Have a Father’s Day Gift? (Yes, Of Course, Literary Suggestions)