Before it was published by the now-shuttered Sharkiat publishing house in 2011, the novel won the Ihsan Abdel Quddous Award that same year.
“Many years ago / I swallowed a butterfly while I was singing.”
“That is how this man, along with Taha Hussein—both of whom were legendary figures who dominated our intellectual and spiritual life—transformed into a mighty monster, one whose only virtue was to degrade me.”
“I walk up “the bridge,” which is the name I’ve given to the entrance hall in my uncle’s home, because it’s higher than the other rooms.”
‘Rays of light aren’t surrounded by guards.’
Although this list does include short stories by Radwa Ashour and Salwa Bakr, it largely focuses on work by women writers who emerged in the ’90s, ’00s, and ’10s.
We walk the streets shoulder to shoulder / bumping into plastic mannequins / they break / but we shatter
“Where the corniche wall ran out, a great tree hooped over to drink from the river. Beyond the tree there was nothing: nothing between us and the water. “
“Kanz al-Fawāʾid is unique for its variety and comprehensive coverage of contemporary Egyptian cuisine.”