This panel will feature a discussion with Egyptian writer Ahmed Naji about his time spent in a Cairene prison for violating public decency laws in his second novel, Using Life. … Continue reading Rotten Evidence: Reading and Writing in an Egyptian Prison
"Around a century later, in Cairo, during the obscenity trial of my novel Using Life, the assistant attorney for the prosecution challenged my defense attorney and the respected literary figures we had called as witnesses to read a section of my novel out loud."
"I thought these are crazy days. I have been in prison for a long time, and I have no idea what’s going on. Maybe they’re fabricating a case against Nagib Mahfouz or his ghost."
Includes the perfect hot-and-sweet late-summer story from Muhammad al-Hajj, in pitch-perfect translation by Yasmine Zohdi.
As Naji wrote on Facebook: We'll start again from scratch and reinvent the wheel in order to explain what's creative freedom and what's literature again.
Journalist and blogger Ahmed Naji has out a new book, Blogs From Post to Tweet. According to the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, which is making printed copies available … Continue reading Egypt’s Blog-to-Book Phenomenon: Positive or Negative for Arabic Book World?