The Egypt Independent has just posted my farewell to Ibrahim Aslan: "Goodbye Ibrahim Aslan." It begins: "The most beautiful of the Nile's birds leaves the lake this evening,” Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti wrote yesterday on Twitter. “Goodbye, Ibrahim Aslan." Aslan, one of Egypt’s greatest authors, entered the hospital yesterday with a heart complaint and passed … Continue reading ‘The World Lost a Major Writer’
The great Ibrahim Aslan (1935-2012) died yesterday after entering the hospital with heart trouble. He was 77. His funeral will be held today at the Mosque of Bilal bin Rabah in Moqattam, according to Shorouk News. Numerous writers, friends, and readers have expressed their sorrow at the loss. From acclaimed Egyptian novelist Radwa Ashour, on … Continue reading Rest In Peace, Ibrahim Aslan
In his essay yesterday about "State Culture, State Anarchy," Elliott Colla very briefly touched on author Sonallah Ibrahim's 2003 put-down of the Egyptian state cultural apparatus.
Ibrahim Aslan recently released a new book, Hugratan wa Salah (Two Rooms and a Hall) and turned 75. To mark these occasions---as well as the release of a reputedly bad film version of Aslan's The Heron---Al Ahram interviewed the great Egyptian genre-crosser about his motives, methods, and his regrets. Although Aslan arrived on the literary … Continue reading Ibrahim Aslan on His Regrets: ‘I Was A Little Too Afraid of Writing’
Thanks to Kotob Khan for making these available. Diwan also posts some bestsellers here, although their ranking or time frame isn't clear. I have not seen bestseller lists from other booksellers. Many of the titles are familiar from last month's list. A few are new: Mekkawi Said’s Downtown Acquisitions (3) is presumably a compilation of … Continue reading Kotob Khan’s Arabic Bestsellers for April 2010