Mansoura Ez-Eldin: ‘The Limbo of Sounds’


The relationship between the African continent and the country China is growing and deepening. Image one continent needs to be helped and funded and at times exploited by one country. Colonial days, but in a different dress.  China does not like to be criticized. How does that influence its presence in Africa and the way … Continue reading Mansoura Ez-Eldin: ‘The Limbo of Sounds’

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. 

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