To mark publication day, Youssef Fadel sent five of his favorite reads: one from Jordan and four from Morocco; two available in translation and three not yet translated to English.
"The man is stretched out on his bed. He’d rather not know who the woman is whose body is underneath it."
"The words that I fear more than anything when I’m talking to someone in Arabic is, ‘I have a joke.’ They’ll tell the joke, I’ll understand all the words, and I won’t react. Then they’ll tell it again. I’ll understand it, but I still won’t laugh. Humor is a minefield!"