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Magnificent spots you shouldn’t miss at this year’s Cairo International Book Fair
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Magnificent spots you shouldn’t miss at this year’s Cairo International Book Fair

  The Cairo International Book Fair’s 50th edition, which started January 23 and runs until 5 February, offers you fantastic…
Mark Linz, a ‘champion of Egyptian and Arab authors’
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Mark Linz, a ‘champion of Egyptian and Arab authors’

In the early morning hours of Saturday 9 February, the publishing world lost one of its great literary champions.
The people’s friend or foe?
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The people’s friend or foe?

Sixty years after the 1952 revolution, the legacy of both President Gamal Abdel Nasser and his regime remain fraught territory.…
In other words: Translating Egypt’s revolution
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In other words: Translating Egypt’s revolution

For Samia Mehrez, “Translating Egypt’s Revolution: The Language of Tahrir” is not a project that could be begun now. Most…
Between drama and melodrama in ‘The Palm House’
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Between drama and melodrama in ‘The Palm House’

Tarek Eltayeb’s “The Palm House” has the beginnings of a strong and important novel. For the first 160 pages, the…
‘A Tunisian Tale’: A grim delight
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‘A Tunisian Tale’: A grim delight

The spark at the center of Hassouna Mosbahi’s short novel, “A Tunisian Tale,” is a human immolation. As in the…
Architecture: ‘The Sultan’s Fountain’ and the restoration of a sabil-kuttab
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Architecture: ‘The Sultan’s Fountain’ and the restoration of a sabil-kuttab

Throughout Egypt’s history, access to water has been essential to the development of its cities and towns. It is no…
In other words: A fresh take on Mahfouz translations
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In other words: A fresh take on Mahfouz translations

For years, a complete translation of “The Cairo Trilogy,” Naguib Mahfouz's best-known work, “had been sitting in a closet at…
This year’s Naguib Mahfouz Medal award goes to … you
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This year’s Naguib Mahfouz Medal award goes to … you

This year’s Naguib Mahfouz Medal awards ceremony was markedly different from the previous 14. Some of the surprises at the…
In other words: Trust your translator?
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In other words: Trust your translator?

Egyptian novelist Bahaa Taher made headlines last year when he filed a suit against the American University in Cairo (AUC)…
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