الطابور، لبسمة عبد العزيز / The Queue by Basma Abdel-Aziz

For April we’re switching things up again and reading a book available only in Arabic: الطابور، لبسمة عبد العزيز (The Queue by Basma Abdel Aziz).

TaboorA brief summary of the book from Ahram Online:

“The novel by Abdel-Aziz mixes fantasy and realism in a weave that uses sarcasm and lightness, while describing Egyptians queuing in an extended unending queue for an obscure ‘gate’ that gives strict orders. However, the ‘gate’ never opens, symbolising an ‘authority’ that is hidden and untouchable, but has enormous power over people.

The first novel by psychiatrist, writer and visual artist, Basma Abdel-Aziz, is among the first books to be printed by the Cairo office of the Arab publishing house, Dar al-Tanweer.”

You can read Elisabeth Jaquette’s review of the novel in Mada Masr, or a summary (in Arabic) of a discussion about the book held at the Supreme Council of Culture here.

UPDATE: Basma Abdel Aziz will be joining our discussion; you can read more about her in this interview with Al-Akhbar.

We’ll meet to discuss on Sunday, April 21th 2013.

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One Response to الطابور، لبسمة عبد العزيز / The Queue by Basma Abdel-Aziz

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