Basma Abdel Aziz on Writing ‘The Queue’

“In both my fiction and my academic writing, I have long been interested in the mutually constitutive roles of ruler and ruled. I am intent on exploring how this manipulates people’s fates, and am determined to resist the ways it reshapes their understanding of the world.”


An Author-Translator Conversation: Donia Kamal’s ‘Cigarette Number Seven’ and Archiving Romantic Ideals

“One thing I want to add to that is that ‘Cigarette Number Seven,’ in dealing with the unfinished dream of one woman, is mainly about the idea that everything – experiences, emotions, attempts to change the world— moves in cycles that never reach a clear end or resolution. There can be a lot of pain in that.”