#WiTMonth Conversations: Karima Ahdad on ‘Cactus Girls’

“But I also gave the male characters, like the father, individual voices, not just to show how their chauvinist mentality harms women, but also to emphasize that men are poor and marginalized too; they have to fight to survive too.”

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Interviews, On Translation

2021 ArabLit Story Prize: Shortlisted Translator Katherine Van de Vate on Great Storytelling

““The Baffling Case of the Man Called Ahmet Yilmaz” was actually written at my request. Karima is primarily a novelist, though she published an award-winning collection of short stories at the age of only 18. I asked Karima if she had any short stories I could translate, and she wrote this one in response to my question. It was based on an event she heard about while she was working as a journalist in Istanbul.”

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