24 Jul 2012
Sixty years after the 1952 revolution, the legacy of both President Gamal Abdel Nasser and his regime remain fraught territory. Was Abdel Nasser a true friend of the poor? Was he an enemy of Islam? How should he be remembered? Abdel Nasser...
23 Jul 2012
The imam who narrates Rasha al-Ameer’s “Judgment Day” is pulled in at least six different directions. The novel’s central character is claimed by a corrupt state, by Islamists, by the Quran, by poetry, by fame...
19 Jul 2012
Kareem al-Sayyad, a 31-year old Egyptian writer, recently announced his retirement through a Facebook event, saying that he would devote himself to studying music and proceeding with his academic career.
The Cairene literary scene is a...
16 Jul 2012
Mohamed al-Bisatie was born on a night of rains, thunder and lightning near Lake Manzalah in Daqahlia Governorate. He arrived on that night in 1937 thanks to the help of a midwife who almost came too late.
Bisatie related these moments...
12 Jul 2012
Renowned writer and TV presenter Omar Taher strikes again with his latest book, “Kameen al-Qasr al-Aini” (The Qasr al-Aini Ambush), recently published by Atlas Press. The 400-page book is a compilation of articles he wrote...
08 Jul 2012
Many have criticized the “hasty” Arabic literature that has emerged in the last 16 months, blossoming in both bookstores and online during the ongoing Arab revolutions.
Young Tunisian novelist Kamel Riahi has argued that...
05 Jul 2012
The feeling author Muhammed Aladdin offers his readers in his latest collection of 23 short stories, “The Small and the Current,” is that of delving into a new and experimental genre of writing. The language is simple, the flow...
03 Jul 2012
In his 1970 Nobel lecture, Russian writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn described art and literature as “the only substitute for what we ourselves have not experienced…They have the marvelous capacity of transmitting from one nation...
01 Jul 2012
The Supreme Council of Culture convened on Saturday to vote on winners of the annual State Cultural Awards.
This year, poet Hassan Teleb, who is also a philosophy professor at Helwan University's Faculty of Arts, received the State...
25 Jun 2012
The General Authority of Culture Palaces, headed by Poet Saad Abdel Rahman, will issue a popular edition of deceased Geographer Gamal Hamdan’s book, "The Personality of Egypt," after signing a contract with Hamdan’s...