The writer Leila Aboulela is an intercultural writer. She was raised in an Egyptian / Sudanese family, while living in Khartoum and spending holidays in Egypt. In later years she moved to Scotland where her husband had a job in the oil industry. In this interview she tells about her life and career.
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’
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.
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.
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
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