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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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بريد بيروت، حنان الشيخ / Beirut Blues by Hanan el-Shaykh

In June we’re reading بريد بيروت، حنان الشيخ / Beirut Blues by Lebanese author Hanan el-Shaykh, translated by Catherine Cobham. A brief summary of the book from Random House: “The daring fragmented structure of this epistolary novel mirrors the chaos surrounding … Continue reading

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حارث المياه، هدى بركات / The Tiller of Waters, Hoda Barakat

For August we’re reading حارث المياه، هدى بركات / The Tiller of Waters by Lebanese author Hoda Barakat, which won the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature in 2000. It was translated by Marilyn Booth. A summary of the book from AUC Press: “This … Continue reading

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