review DE AFRIKAANSE WEG


How many people have travelled from Cape to Cairo over the years? Some have become famous, some have stayed in the background. Some have travelled on foot, some used a pushbike, others used a car. Ton van der Lee has joined the long list of travellers. For the writer of this book Africa was not … Continue reading review DE AFRIKAANSE WEG

review السكرية, Al-Sukkariyya, SUGAR STREET


One of the famous works of the Egyptian writer Naguib Mahfouz was his Cairo Trilogy, set in the Egyptian capital. He did a great job writing these three books. In normal circumstances a reader would start with volume 1, move on to volume 2 and end with volume 3. Now I did follow another course. … Continue reading review السكرية, Al-Sukkariyya, SUGAR STREET

review IN THE COUNTRY OF MEN


In the year 2006 Hisham Matar published his debut novel In the country of men. This writer was born in New York (United States of America) when his father was a diplomat for the Libyan government. In later years he grew up in Tripoli and in Cairo. These last two cities feature in this novel. … Continue reading review IN THE COUNTRY OF MEN

review THE MAP OF LOVE


Let me start with a note of warning: this is a complicated book. Many people populate the pages of this intriguing and well written book by the Egyptian author Ahdaf Soueif. She writes about one family that branched out into other continents and people from non-Egyptian descent.  Let me continue with a joyful note: there … Continue reading review THE MAP OF LOVE

review AUCH OHNE MEINE KINDER


How many books I have seen that tell the story of a mother (or a father) in an intercultural or interreligious marriage that is left without the children after a breakup of the marriage? I do not know.  This book is one of those stories about love and children and a breakup. It is set … Continue reading review AUCH OHNE MEINE KINDER

Review DOGSTAR RISING


This is the second book by Parker Bilal (pen name of Jamal Mahjoub) in his series about the private detective Makama. This man escaped from his native Sudan, worked as a policeman and now is a private detective in Cairo, where is considered an outsider. He lives on his own on a houseboat. His wife … Continue reading Review DOGSTAR RISING