5 Books: Recommendations from Bothayna al-Essa

Bothayna Al-Essa -- the founder of Takween, a platform for creative writing, a publishing house, and a bookshop -- recommended five of her favorite books.

‘Literary Massacre in Kuwait’: The State of Book Banning

"In the past five years alone, 4390 book titles have been banned by the Ministry, ranging from works by local authors to other Arab writers such as Abdulrahman Munif, Ghassan Kanafani, Mourid Barghouti, and Ali Al Wardi, as well as translated works, such as Dante’s Divine Comedy, Gaarder’s Sophie’s World, Zorba the Greek and the latest victim being Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude."