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معراج الموت لممدوح عزام / Ascension to Death by Mamdouh Azzam

In November we’re reading معراج الموت لممدوح عزام / Ascension to Death by Syrian author Mamdouh Azzam, the third book in And Other Stories’ Arabic Reading Group. From And Other Stories: “Ascension to Death (Dar al-Mada lil Thaqafa wal-Nashr, 2003) is set in a village … Continue reading

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القوقعة لمصطفى خليفة / The Shell by Mustafa Khalifa

In October we’re reading القوقعة لمصطفى خليفة / The Shell by Syrian author Mustafa Khalifa, the second book in And Other Stories’ Arabic Reading Group. From And Other Stories: “The Shell (Beirut: Dar al-Adab, 2008) is a gripping memoir, written in spare, stripped-down … Continue reading

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الوباء لهاني الراهب / The Epidemic, by Hani al-Rahib

This autumn, the Cairo Book Club will be joining with UK publisher And Other Stories for their first-ever Arabic reading group. For September we’re reading The Epidemic, by Hani al-Rahib, from which Bassam Frangieh has translated an excerpt into English. From And … Continue reading

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الصمت والصخب لنهاد سيريس / The Silence and the Roar by Nihad Sirees

For July we’re reading الصمت والصخب لنهاد سيريس / The Silence and the Roar by Syrian author Nihad Sirees. The English translation is by Max Weiss, and won a 2013 English PEN Award. A brief summary of the book from the … Continue reading

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Our first podcast is live :: Humphrey Davies on Mourid Barghouti’s ‘I Was Born There, I Was Born Here’

You can now listen to our first podcast – a recording of our discussion of Mourid Barghouti’s ‘I Was Born There, I Was Born Here’ with its translator, Humphrey Davies. Davies was named runner-up for the 2012 Banipal Prize for … Continue reading

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حجر الضحك لهدى بركات / The Stone of Laughter by Hoda Barakat

For June we’re reading حجر الضحك لهدى بركات / The Stone of Laughter, by Lebanese author Hoda Barakat, which won the Al-Naqid Literary Prize in 1990. The English translation is by Sophie Bennett. A brief summary of the book from Goodreads: … Continue reading

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ولدت هناك ولدت هنا، مريد البرغوثي / I Was Born There, I Was Born Here, by Mourid Barghouti

For May we’re reading ولدت هناك ولدت هنا، مريد البرغوثي / I Was Born There, I Was Born Here, by Palestinian author Mourid Barghouti, a sequel to his much-lauded memoir I Saw Ramallah. The English translation by Humphrey Davies was named runner-up … Continue reading

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