12 Jul 2010
Surrounded by piles of books shelved on wooden compartments, hardly ten people gathered in the cultural salon hosted by Alef bookstore last week. The slim crowd sat to listen to a young satirist who has just released a book mocking...
10 Jul 2010
The latest collection of short stories by Tareq Imam, A Tale of an Old Man who dies in the cities he Visits in his Dreams, and Other Stories was published in January this year, by Nahdet Misr Publishing House.
The book contains 17 stories...
07 Jul 2010
The Arabs and the Holocaust: The Arab-Israeli War of Narratives by Gilbert Achcar (Metropolitan, 2010)
This short review deems a new book that explores “the differing views of Arabs and Israelis over the migration of Holocaust survivors to...
29 Jun 2010
Faith and Power: Religion and Politics in the Middle East by Bernard Lewis (Oxford University Press, 2010) and Muhammad and the Believers: At the Origins of Islam by Fred M. Donner (The Belknap Press/Harvard University Press, 2010)
26 Jun 2010
From India which is "a great country" to Botswana where little Sylvia goes to a "rich people's school", and from the 2006 Israeli invasion of Beirut to a heart that is being opened by surgeons and probed by poetry, the second session of...
22 Jun 2010
Ahmed Mourad’s latest novel Torab el-Mas (Diamond’s Dust, Al-Shorouq, 2010) is already being printed in second edition. The author of the bestselling novel Vertigo (Merit, 2007) is one of the few mystery/suspense writers in the Arab World...
20 Jun 2010
Author of Egypt’s Culture Wars and AUC professor of Arabic literature Samia Mehrez celebrated the signing of her latest book, The Literary Atlas of Cairo, at Diwan bookstore in Zamalek last Wednesday. Despite the hot weather and limited...
15 Jun 2010
The Icarus Syndrome: A History of American Hubris by Peter Beinart (Harper/HarperCollins Publishers 2010)
In this review Leslie H. Gelb cautions that this new book about American foreign policy offers no easy solution, but is “a highly...
08 Jun 2010
For centuries, the tales recounted in One Thousand and One Arabian Nights have provided readers around the world with a source of endless fascination, delight and wonder. Today in Egypt, however, these same stories are inspiring a series...
07 Jun 2010
El-Ragol Zul Badla el-Baydaa el-Sharkskin, Waqaea Khoroug Aeila Yahodia Men Misr ('The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: A Jewish Family's Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World') delves into the life of an Egyptian Jewish family deported...