"MA: To adopt the voice of any character is a challenge, but it’s easier if the character is closer to you. In my short stories, it was my voice, the character was like me. But for Hani Mahfouz our environment and social class is very different. I tried to forget about myself and speak like him."
Today is publication day for the first-ever ArabLit Quarterly.
"This was how our district received the first reports: a thrill of delicious fear swapped on from mouth to mouth, from house to house."
The four shortlisted stories, read by author or translator.