The novel is a caper with a serious bent, an ecocritical story from a context where life was never anthropocentric enough to need "posthumanism."
"– You are on the Mauve Planet."
History of the Gods of Egypt is a metaficitional narrative that not only addresses the transgenerational political and social trauma in an unsettling near-future Egypt but also ponders the nature of madness as a powerful creative force and as a tool of resistance against the inescapability of guilt.
Although, one must note, "Take it out when maggoty" is a delightful sentence.
"It was the only book that Ahmed Bouanani wanted to publish, but he died believing that the manuscript had been destroyed when his house burned down."
"We do not bring medieval works to light, when we read them, we are creating them anew with every interpretation. So today, my reading is one of many."
Awlad al-Nas (literally Children of the People) offers insight into Egyptians’ lives during the Mamluk period (1250–1517), which played a key role in Egypt’s history.
With her debut novel, Tunisian author and translator Fathia Debech won a prestigious Katara Prize for the Arabic Novel.
" I will never look at rain the same way I used to; the author talks about it as if it were a living being with a will, attacking the earth, and how it has an effect on the streets."