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.
The issues of censorship and jailterms are not far away for some writers in some countries. Youssef Rakha writes about the situation in Egypt, where a writer recently was referred to a criminal court.
youssef rakha sees egypt through
The Egyptian writer and multi-talent Youssef Rakha taks in this interview about his latest endeavour in the world of literature: his novel The Crocidiles. In this novel Youssef writes about the relationship between literature and politics.
my unwritten spoof
The Egyptian writer Youssef Rakha wanted to adopt a new identity. He would use this identity to write about the current political situation in Egypt. But he changed his plans, due to the assassination of the Public Prosecutor. In this article he writes about his plans and his change of mind.
prize and prejudice
The country of Qatar. It is a small country. The bounderies include 11.000 square kilometers. It is a rich country due to the steady stream of oil. Qatar (or Katar) has great aspirations. In 2022 the country will host the World Championship of Soccer (personally I do not know much about the soccer tradition in … Continue reading prize and prejudice
youssef rakha talks about his new book
Those were heady days, the days of the Egyptian uprising. The days that followed were heady as well, changes and counter-changes, the will of the people and the will of Allah. What is the destination of Egypt in the near future? The writer Youssef Rakha was present when the upheaval took place. He wrote about … Continue reading youssef rakha talks about his new book