Nawal el Saadawi: ‘Hillary Clinton and Theresa May are more patriarchal than men’


The Egyptian writer Nawal el Saadawi still has a strong voice. A woman with a careful hand of writing and a thoughtful way of speaking her mind. The written word and the spoken word combined in her language. In this interview she talks about feminism and about life.  Advertisements

An interview with Youssef Rakha


His novel The Book of the Sultan’s Seal got much attention and a wide readership. His book was published just before the downfall of the president of Egypt Hosni Mubarak. In this interview Youssef Rakha tells about this book and his other activities, for he cannot be locked into the literary world. 

Cairo International Book Fair


Later this month people will flock to the Egyptian capital Cairo. In this metropole an Internal Book Fair will be held. An event like this many people will gather to be present, to speech, to negotiate, to browse, to linger, to be surprised. May many people go and enjoy themselves. Some more information on this … Continue reading Cairo International Book Fair

Teaching with Arabic literature in translation


Would it be wonderful to know the original language of a book that you want to read? Recently I read a few books by a famous Egyptian writer. I cannot read Arabic.I have to flee to a translation. Fortunately I enjoyed the book very much. Many people find themselves in the same situation as I. … Continue reading Teaching with Arabic literature in translation

DE MOSKEE IN DE STEEG


This is a collection of stories by the Egyptian writer Nagieb Mahfouz (or any other way of writing نجيب محفوظ ). This stories have been put together for a Dutch publication. The date of the publication is 1988, the very same year the writer was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. So in the wake … Continue reading DE MOSKEE IN DE STEEG

Neil Hewison’s most memorable books from 31 Years at AUC Press


One of the important publishing houses in Egypt is the American University in Cairo Press. It is a long name and a name with a long tradition. There is one man who worked at this House for 30 years and he will retire an the end of October. During all these years he has been … Continue reading Neil Hewison’s most memorable books from 31 Years at AUC Press