Earlier this week, the “PalREAD – Country of Words” project announced the launch of the debut episode of their new podcast.
Meanwhile, in an August episode of the new podcast MAQSOUDA, co-hosted by Farah Chamma and Zeina Hashem Beck, the host-poets discuss Mersal’s «فكرة البيوت», or “The Idea of Houses.”
Our guest this week was once told there were no Algerian crime novels. She begs to differ.
First, we talked our way through a book that tells the stories of women who rallied to ISIS; then a novel that focuses on a Franco-Moroccan family grappling with the end of colonialism; and last, a picaresque, satirical novel from 1940s Egypt that has been recently re-discovered.
While you’re on your way to the polls — or as you wait for results, or as you assiduously ignore what’s going on in the US — catch up on any Bulaqs you might have missed.