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The books that were selected for the first-ever ARAB VOICES list represent the depth and nuance, the delight and diversity of Egyptian fiction being written and read in 2020. The thirty books you’ll find within were selected by an independent, seven-person jury made up of librarians, critics, booksellers, publishers, translators, academics, and, most of all: passionate book-lovers. The jury didn’t look at the well-established Egyptian novels of the twentieth century, nor at works that are established literary canon. Instead, we searched for the most vibrant and enjoyable contemporary voices. We considered hundreds of books published in the last five years, and we focused in on the ones that made us cry, laugh, and catch our breath. Ultimately, this list represents the books we thought would travel best between languages; the ones that would resonate with readers around the world. Each member of the ARAB VOICES jury compiled their own lists, and the whole group held several lively debates that were, like so many conversations in 2020, held over Zoom. In the end, we selected the thirty-two books you find within. There is something for every reader: a millennial story about relationships; an urban-fantasy graphic novel set in Cairo; a poignant portrait of enslavement and survival in 1960s small-town Sudan; a surreal thriller; a personal history of Coptic cuisine; a novel that shows Egypt’s 2011 uprising through the eyes of a sarcastic antihero; a literary detective story that uncovers the life of a lost author; a novel about irreverent young rebellion against the Coptic church; and much more. Contemporary Egyptian literature is bristling with innovation: fresh stories, new perspectives, books that re-imagine genre, and stories that excavate history in new and exciting ways. We invite you to read through the books within and discover brilliant new voices that are ready to travel. If you have any inquiries feel free to contact: arabvoiceseu@gmail.com


INDEX Prizes for Heroes | Ahmed Awny Random Arrangements | Donia Kamal Drowning | Hammour Ziada The Commandments | Adel Esmat Camelia’s Ghosts | Nora Nagi The House of the Copt | Ashraf al-Ashmawi The Ways of the Lord | Shady Lewis French Clouds | Doha Assy Bogart, Play Me a Classic Melody | Jaylan Salah The al-Sheikh Family Heirs | Ahmed al-Qarmalawi In the Cities of Dust | Amal Radwan All Quiet in Cairo | Mohamed Salah al-Azab Back Seats | Nahla Karam Creatures of Night and Day | Ashraf El Sabbagh Shahinoub | Huda Hussein Gymnasium | Mai Khaled Fortress of Dust | Ahmad Abdulatif Emerald Mountain | Mansoura Ez Eldin Rhythm | Wagdi al-Komi The Cross of Moses | Haitham Dabbour Barr al-Dayf | Yehya H. Safwat Fellini’s Shoes | Wahid al-Tawila The Stone of Khallaf’s House | Mohamed Ali Ibrahim Room 304 | Amr Ezzat Born | Nadia Kamel Diaries of a Running Man | Farid Abdel Azim On the Trail of Enayat al-Zayyat | Iman Mersal The Copt’s Table | Charles Akl Zouba’s Theatre | Salwa Bakr The City of Endless Walls | Tareq Imam Slipping | Mohamed Kheir Shubeik Lubeik | Dina Mohamed Yehia

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Prizes for Heroes | Jawaez lil-abtaal Ahmed Awny Literary satire What if you accidentally became the symbol of the most important political movement in the history of your society? Ramy, who is ashamed he has not performed any heroic action since the 2011 Revolution started, even when he tried jumping into the back of a police van to get himself arrested, returns to Cairo after a month-long self-imposed beachside exile to discover his face stenciled (along with the word “missing”) across walls all over the city. Prizes for Heroes is a satirical, touching reflection on what it feels like to have lived through the Arab Spring in Egypt. Through chapters that alternate between the present and the immediate and distant pasts, Ramy narrates his story in a starkly comic and sensitive expression of the confusing, heady, and mercurial emotions of the mass social and political upheaval of the time, from his perspective as a young man with the dreams of youth—dreams of marriage, love, stability— who finally grows up by living through an unprecedented historical moment. “A truly rich novel which falls under not one particular genre. The author was able to dodge all the cliches we heard and read about the Revolution.” – Nada El-Shabrawi, vlogger

Ahmed Awny Ahmad Awny was born in 1988 and lives in Cairo. He has written and published short stories in Arabic and English. His debut novel Prizes for Heroes was a surprise success, winning the Sawiris Prize for a Novel by an Emerging Writer in January 2020. He is currently at work on his next novel, addressing the burden of masculinity in conservative Egypt through his growing relationship with his sister in a progressive family, set to be published in 2021.

Won the Sawiris Prize for Best Novel in 2020

Publisher: Mahrousa Center for Publishing Edition: 2018 Pages: 393 ISBN: 978-977-313-756-4 Rights Holder: abdallah.sakr@mahrousaeg.com

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Random Arrangements | Tartibaat ‘ashwaiya Donia Kamal Epistolary novel Donia Kamal takes readers on a rollercoaster of emotions through an epistolary novel that brings together fortyeight letters written to four different recipients, arranged chronologically to form a portrait of work, gender, sickness, revolution, disappointment, discrimination, and love in Egypt and the Gulf in the first two decades of the twentyfirst century. The novel unfolds in passionate letters to a late father, a growing child, a best friend, and a love interest. Not only must the narrator manage social expectations and geopolitical events, but also self-destructive impulses and deep sorrows. Through these semi-autobiographical, one-sided letters, Kamal weaves together a portrait of both personal and shared experiences in several Arab countries during an era of uncertainty. The novel fills the reader with conflicting emotions that work their way through every chapter. However, it paints in words a genuine honesty that the reader feels as they read letter after letter.

Donia Kamal Donia Kamal is an Egyptian author who studied English and works in TV production. Her second novel, Cigarette Number Seven, won the Sawiris Emerging Writers Prize and was translated into English and Italian. Kamal has also produced more than fifty documentary films and numerous TV shows. She lives between Egypt and the UAE.

Won the Sawiris Emerging Writers Prize for Best Novel in 2014

Publisher: al-Karma Publishers Edition: 2018 Pages: 264 ISBN: 978-977-646-793-4 Rights Holder: seif.alkarma@gmail.com

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Drowning | Al-Gharaq Hammour Ziada Historical fiction Sudan at a critical era for the country, when it is liberated from the British occupation, forms a new government, and sees a military coup. The body of a young girl is found in the Nile, in which countless bodies are swallowed. Popular belief has it that every time the Nile brings a new body, it also brings back an old one. In the meantime, Fatima shows up with her story. She is still looking for her daughter, Souad, believed to have drowned in the Nile some twentyeight years ago. The body of the unknown young girl will be kept for three days in the hope that someone from the nearby towns will recognise her before she is buried. Everyone in the village of Hajer Narti knows their fate, for there is only one fate in the village: drowning, and it spares no one, young or old, slaves or free men, women or children. Hammour Ziada tells us the stories of Sudanese society on a smaller scale, where slavery, though abolished in theory, still exists between men and women. He especially tells stories of oppression and kindness. Ziada also gives us glimpses of the sectarian fanaticisms and family biases, all in a subtle and simple language.

Hammour Ziada Hammour Ziada is a Sudanese novelist who has published three novels and two short story collections. His novel The Longing of the Dervish (2014) won the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature and was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) in 2015. The novel was translated into English and Persian. He also wrote Sleeping at the Foot of the Mountain, which was made into a film that won several international prizes, including the Venice Festival Lion of the Future award.

Won the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature in 2014. Shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) in 2015

Publisher: el-Ain Publishing House Edition: 2018 Pages: 266 ISBN: 978-977-490-532-2 Rights Holder: elainpublishing@gmail.com

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The Commandments | Al-Wasaya Adel Esmat Historical fiction In Upper Egypt, the Selim family patriarch gives his grandson ten commandments to help him endure life, enjoy its pleasures, and refrain from temptation. Awardwinning author Adel Esmat gives us a multi-generational epic, which he describes as “a thirty-year-long dream,� where the narrative sometimes follows a character, and other times an event. In ten chapters, each representing one commandment, the grandfather takes us to different eras, allowing us to see faces we have never seen and events that we could not have witnessed, and we journey with the family, who have lost their land and whose fates have taken a different path, on a trip to rural Egypt and reveals to us its depths, strengths, and weaknesses

Adel Esmat Adel Esmat studied philosophy at Faculty of Arts, Ain Shams University in 1984. He has published a number of novels and short story collections. His novel Days of the Blue Windows won the State Incentive Award in literature in 2011, and his novel Tales of Yusuf Tadros won the prestigious Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature from American University in Cairo in 2016.

Won the Sawiris Cultural Award for Best Novel 2019 Shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) in 2019 Publisher: al Kotob Khan Edition: 2018 Pages: 295 ISBN: 978-977-803-058-7 Rights Holder: karam@kotobkhan.com

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Camelia’s Ghosts | Atyaf Kamilia Nora Nagi Literary psychological thriller Everyone thinks Camelia has gone mad when she tells them she has seen her father’s sister disappear into a mirror. But when she finds her aunt’s journals, she discovers the secret behind the mysterious disappearance, her aunt’s love story, and how it intersects with her own difficult relationship with her father. The story follows Camelia’s childhood and then teenage years, when she was still living with her parents in her late grandfather’s house. Camelia has mixed feelings towards the disappearance of her aunt. She sees her father’s cruelty and her mother’s passiveness. She is then introduced to a married painter, who she falls in love with. But soon enough, her secret is revealed and she is forced to marry someone she does not love. This popular, compelling novel shows Camelia’s life from different vantages. In this psychologically astute, pageturning novel, who could help but root for Camelia?

Nora Nagi Nora Nagi is a journalist and novelist who studied fine arts and currently works as chief editor for Nawa3em magazine, as well as writing for Noun and Finoon magazines. Her first novel Bana, appeared in 2014. The Wall came out in 2016, and The Pasha’s Girls was shortlisted for the 2018 Sawiris Prize.

Shortlisted for the Sawiris Cultural Award for Best Novel in 2018

Publisher: Dar El Shorouk Edition: 2019 Pages: 178 ISBN: 978-977-093-614-6 Rights Holder: ahmedb@shorouk.com

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The House of the Copt | Bayt al-qibteya Ashraf al-Ashmawi Literary detective story A judicial investigator tries to trace the clues of a series of crimes in a small village in Upper Egypt. The village is filled with suspicion, as the villagers mistrust each other, creating a tension that rises as the investigation progresses. A larger part of the novel touches on the notion of sectarian strife and how the Muslims and Copts in the villages of Egypt coexist with each other. In this novel, writer Ashraf al-Ashmawi immerses himself in complex souls, weaving his events into surprising new worlds, and funny and tragic paradoxes, through an attractive narrative rhythm that enriches thought and stirs the imagination, leaving a wide space of interpretation for the reader. Al-Ashmawi writes: “In the novel, we can tell that the roots of religious strife are buried deep down, waiting to explode at any moment.�

Ashraf al-Ashmawi Ashraf al-Ashmawi is a judge in the Egyptian Court of Appeal and a former examining magistrate in the Department of the Public Prosecutor, where he worked for seventeen years. He is the author of numerous studies on crime prevention and has been a regular contributor of articles to newspapers and websites since 2009. The House of the Copt is his eighth novel. His novel Toya was longlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction.

When crime and religion intersect in Upper Egypt

Publisher: al-Dar al-Misriya al-Lubnaniya Edition: 2019 Pages: 240 ISBN: 978-977-795-246-0 Rights Holder: info@almasriah.com

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The Ways of the Lord | Turuq al-rab Shady Lewis Contemporary literary fiction The Ways of the Lord is Shady Lewis’s first novel, telling the story of eight confessions of the protagonist, Sherif, who wants to marry his German girlfriend but has to get a ‘certificate of approval’ from the Church. Through the confessions with Father Antonios, Sherif uncovers several aspects of his life story and his family’s trajectory. Although Sherif was born Orthodox, his grandfather decides to build a Catholic church in the village he grew up in, and so the family convert to Catholicism. As such, Sherif finds himself barely connected to either of the branches of Christianity he belongs to. Meanwhile, he dives into politics and gets involved with the police, only to find himself in jail, while his girlfriend flees to Germany, and their relationship takes an unexpected turn. The novel discusses political issues as much as it discusses societal and religious issues. It is Lewis’s brave attempt to depict the many flaws of Egyptian society, and what it means to rebel against this society.

Shady Lewis Shady Lewis is the author of the darkly funny On the Greenwich Meridian (2019), as well as The Ways of the Lord. He is an Egyptian psychologist residing in London. Lewis is concerned with the social construction of crowds and its relation to the everyday political sphere. He currently writes for the Lebanese independent online newspaper al-Modon.

Confessions of a penitent turn into a nightmarish journey and end in imprisonment. Publisher: al Kotob Khan Edition: 2018 Pages: 191 ISBN: 978-977-803-081-5 Rights Holder: peshady@yahoo.com

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French Clouds | Ghoyoum Faranseya Doha Assy Historical novel French Clouds is a historical novel that tells the story of a transitional phase in the history of both Egypt and France. At the beginning of the nineteenth century, as the French army of occupation leaves Egypt, a group of Egyptians led by al-Maallim Yaqoub flee with them to Marseille, and attempt to integrate in French society. The historical Yaqoub is a controversial figure in Egyptian history, having cooperated with the French invaders in Egypt. Some historians believe he was working towards independence and see him as a rebel against Ottoman injustice, while others see his efforts as a form of collaboration with colonialism. The fictional characters of the novel and the figure of Yaqoub pose questions of national and religious identity, revolution, independence, and freedom. The novel discusses the embryonic thrust for Egyptian independence and points to the earliest attempts to reconstitute Egypt in the mould of a modern independent republic, with equality and liberty for all. These concepts were developed and discussed in the twentieth century through the writings of Taha Hussein, Tawfiq al-Hakim, and Yahya Haqqi.

Doha Assy Doha Assy worked as a translator and tourist guide before becoming an author. She is the founder of Abgadeya Cultural Centre and Shababeek Cultural Centre. Assy has published several short story collections and novels, some of which were translated into Italian, English, Russian, and Chinese. She is a former member of the cultural committee at the Egyptian Writers Union and is currently a member of the Egyptian– Russian Association for Egyptian–Russian Cultural Exchange.

The saga of Egyptians in 19th-century revolutionary France

Publisher: Ibn Roshed Edition: 2019 Pages: 287 ISBN: 978-977-855-149-5 Rights Holder: dohaassy31@gmail.com

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Bogart, Play Me a Classic Melody Bogart, a‘azif li lahna klasikeya Jaylan Salah Literary fiction A week before his retirement party, Mr. Wagih decides to write his diaries, unraveling a dark secret he has held for years: his identity as a woman named Farida. Living in the conservative, religious society of the Egyptian middle class, Wagih’s secret has haunted him day and night, as he is torn between his desire to give in to his feminine side and the fear that accompanied his submissive personality as a husband and a father. In the days leading to the retirement party, Farida begins to take more control of Wagih, as he crosses paths with failed Bohemian writer Marley, a black cat whom he names Bogart, his old colleague Wahid, and Sheikh Marzouk. The book tells us the story of the city of Alexandria and its changing character over the years. It shows us how people change, how those who traveled to earn a decent living in the Gulf and Europe have changed, and how each experience has been shaped over the years to give us a completely different Alexandria today than it was years before.

Jaylan Salah Jaylan Salah is a young Egyptian feminist who believes firmly in gender equality and racial diversity. She is a film critic, a poet, and an aspiring novelist. Her first short story collection, Thus Spoke La Loba, was published in 2016 by the Egyptian Supreme Council of Culture. She has also published a collection in English, Work Station Blues, by PoetsIN, a British publishing house with the purpose of destigmatizing mental illness and supporting international artists. A man is retiring, and he can finally give a chance to the woman inside him to exist Publisher: Damma Publishing Edition: 2019 Pages: 108 ISBN: 978-977-500-720-9 Rights Holder: damma.group@gmail.com jaylan.salman.88@gmail.com

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The al-Sheikh Family Heirs | Al-Shaykh Ahmed al-Qarmalawi Multigenerational epic A multi-generational novel about a promised treasure that a member of al-Sheikh family finds, which turns into a story to be told to future generations of the family for a hundred years. Ahmed al-Qarmalawi dives deep into the family history, through which he takes us back to World War I, the Egyptian Revolution of 1919, and the history of the Kingdom of Egypt before the rule of Gamal Abdel Nasser. These stories are told through different members of the family, the treasure being taken in its symbolic meaning of looking at the history of the family members, their fates, and their struggles. Al-Qarmalawi subtly uses language that perfectly suits every era he writes about, sometimes even placing widely used expressions and dialects from that era into the narrative, offering a genuine feel for every era and taking the reader decades back through the language alone.

Ahmed al-Qarmalawi Ahmed al-Qarmalawi is an architect, a novelist, and a critic. He has published a number of short story collections and novels, one of which, Summer Rains, won him the Sheikh Zayed Book Award in the Young Author category. He also won the Best Novel Award by the Egyptian Ministry of Culture for his work Last Call for the Passengers. Moreover, alQarmalawi has published a number of critical studies as well as articles on the literature of Naguib Mahfouz and several other topics.

A family searches for a treasure for more than a hundred years

Edition: al-Dar al-Misriya al-Lubnaniya Edition: 2020 Pages: 278 ISBN: 978-977-293-764-6 Rights Holder: info@almasriah.com

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In the Cities of Dust | Fi mudun al-ghabar Amal Radwan Testimonial fiction An unnamed woman who works as a UN aid worker is invited to travel to al-Zaatari Camp in Jordan to help Syrian refugees and listen to their stories. She meets human misery bound up in all the suffering of the camp’s residents, who once lived joyous, peaceful lives. Amal Radwan largely focuses on human stories more than the political conflicts and turmoil. She offers first-hand accounts from survivors who have lost their limbs or been subjected to torture and rape, the majority of victims being women, largely because the men were targeted and killed. These accounts are equally horrifying and heart-wrenching, but they also speak of how the residents in the camp are fighting for survival. The protagonist then meets up with four women in Amman, who bring joy and hope to the camp through their coffee shop. Each one tells her personal story and struggles, filled with hope, pain, and inspiration. The novel is nearly 200 pages of burning desires to survive and outlive human suffering.

Amal Radwan Amal Radwan is an interpreter for the United Nations. She has published two short story collections and one novel. Her collection The First Home won the Sawiris Cultural Award in 2015. She was also longlisted for the Multaqa Prize for Arabic Short Story in Kuwait for her collection Dark Chocolate. Her novel In the Cities of Dust was published in 2019.

The human stories of Syrian refugees at the al-Zaatari camp. Publisher: el-Ain Publishing House Edition: 2019 Pages: 174 ISBN: 978-977-490-542-1 Rights Holder: elainpublishing@gmail.com

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All Quiet in Cairo | Kolo shay hadi fi al-Qahira Mohamed Salah al-Azab Contemporary literary fiction A journalist who was involved in the 2011 Egyptian Revolution falls in love with three different women at once. Each woman has a story to tell, a story that is not too different from the journalist’s own story. Throughout the book, we read about his inner struggles, from choosing his religion, his name, and his skin colour, to choosing his language and education. He questions everything and wishes he had a choice. We live with defeated heroes, open-ended love stories, failed marriages, and futile revolutions. Although the book does not dive deep into the revolution, nor does it address societal issues, it discusses struggles of the self and the battles we live to fight every day. This is a story about a man who lost his childhood and his entire adult life as a result, between inner conflicts and romantic relationships. A human story immersed in realism and told in the subtlest language.

Mohamed Salah al-Azab Mohamed Salah al-Azab’s brilliant writing has won him nine awards and prizes from around the Arab world. Born in 1981, he is a writer, journalist, and screenwriter who studied Arabic language at al-Azhar University. He has published seven novels and collections of short stories, and won the Sawiris Cultural Award for best novel as well as screenwriting, among other awards.

A journalist and three women and a Revolution

Publisher: al-Dar al-Misriya al-Lubnaniya Edition: 2019 Pages: 269 ISBN: 978-977-795-208-8 Rights Holder: info@almasriah.com

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Back Seats | Al-maqa’ad al-khalfeya Nahla Karam Contemporary women’s fiction Back seats are for those who want to sit in the dark and at the back to watch everything without being seen, or those who want to sit at the back to secretly do things that they don’t want others to see them do. Nahla Karam’s intelligent novel tells a rather simple story that we may have heard before, but she takes the story from different angles to address various societal issues related to marriage, long-term relationships, and the obsession to maintain traditions. Karam divides her novel into four tales about four different women, completely unique on their own but very similar in their search for love and marriage. The main character, Sarah, is a woman in her twenties who, like many, has a fear of commitment, which leads her into relationships that last only a few months before she ends them. She wonders how people stay in long-term relationships, or even still love their late partners long after they die. Back Seats is not a love story but a story about how fragile love is in Egyptian society, despite its sacred meaning within the society and the obsession to pursue it.

Nahla Karam Born in Cairo, 1989, Nahla Karam studied mass communications at Cairo University.She is the author of two novels and two short story collections. She was shortlisted for the Sawiris Cultural Award for the years 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017, and finally won the award in 2020 for her novel Back Seats.

Winner of the Sawiris Cultural Award 2020

Publisher: al-Dar al-Misriya al-Lubnaniya Edition: 2018 Pages: 415 ISBN: 978-977-795-143-2 Rights Holder: info@almasriah.com

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Creatures of Night and Day Ka’inaat al-layl w al-nahar Ashraf El Sabbagh Contemporary literary fiction This is the story of the grim city of Cairo, inside its famous neighbourhoods, its noisy, busy streets, and the swearing we hear in the streets: a city that hates itself and its people equally. But it is also the story of the people of Cairo and their relationship with the places they visit and live in. Ashour is employed at a barber’s shop in the upscale neighbourhood of Zamalek. He thinks he will be one of ‘them,’ only to find himself considered an outcast by everyone: the residents of the neighbourhood, the poor, and even the government itself. He seems to be crushed by everyone in the city, but he does not resent anyone and chooses to give them the benefit of doubt. Through Ashour, the author takes us on journeys inside the smallest and poorest neighbourhoods of Cairo. We walk in slums where injustice is seen with the naked eye, against the women and the vulnerable. The government, in turn, has turned a blind eye and let the moneyed classes form their own gated communities, far away from the slums, a dystopian scene that only helps widen the gaps in society.

Ashraf El Sabbagh Ashraf El Sabbagh is a novelist, translator, and journalist. He has a PhD in Theoretical Physics and Mathematics and a diploma in the Russian language. He has published a number of short story collections and novels since 1996. His novel Creatures of Night and Day is his most recent, published in 2019, and is his fourth novel.

A journey inside the smallest and poorest neighbourhoods of Cairo

Publisher: el-Ain Publishing House Edition: 2019 Pages: 158 ISBN: 978-977-490-510-0 Rights Holder: elainpublishing@gmail.com

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Shahinoub | Shahinoub Huda Hussein Contemporary literary fiction Huda Hussein tells us the story of Shahinoub, a woman in her forties, whose journey is paved with self-struggles and clashes with her parents, who have always wanted her to be a version of herself she refused to be. Her father, a traditional old man, and her mother, a woman who dreamed of her daughter leading an aristocratic life, are baffled and shocked to see her live a life entirely opposite to the one they dreamed for her. Shahinoub rebels against their wishes and is determined to be someone that her parents would dislike. In her forties, she returns to the house she was raised in and decides to write letters to her childhood friend, her parents, her best friend, and her lover. As well as writing, Shahinoub returns to her childhood passion: painting, reminiscing her past, young life. This is a book about making peace with the past and accepting the present and what is to come in the future.

Huda Hussein Huda Hussein is a poet, novelist, and translator who studied French for her undergraduate degree. She has published numerous poetry collections, novels, and translations. She won the Sawiris Prize for the best established novelist and won the award for best participation and country representation at the Poets of the World encounter in Chile.

Winner of the Sawiris Prize for the bestestablished novelist

Publisher: General Egyptian Book Organization (GEBO) Edition: 2015 Pages: 299 ISBN: 978-977-910-980-0 Rights Holder: ketabgebo@gmail.com

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Gymnasium | Jimnazim Mai Khaled Contemporary women’s fiction An aspiring, young writer, Bedaya Mahran, tells her story from childhood and the places she grew up in. She tells us about her frequent visits to her neighbour, a prominent, well-known writer, from whom she learns the basics of writing. In reality, we find out it was the writer who tempted Bedaya to visit her in order to make her a character in her stories. The novel then travels between gyms in Egypt and Switzerland, the gym being a symbol of mental as well as physical well-being. In the gym in Cairo, women are looking to lose weight through exercise, while also getting the burdens of life off their chests through storytelling. Then the novel moves to Switzerland on a journey with Bedaya and four writers from four different countries, who speak about their writings, their love lives, and their dreams. The book dives deep into human fears and anxieties, suppressed talents, obsessions, and struggles with writing.

Mai Khaled Mai Khaled is a TV presenter and a writer, who has published ten books so far (novels, short story collections and nonfiction). Her novel Gymnasium won the best novel award at the Cairo International Book fair in 2017. The novel is translated into Serbian and Spanish. Her novel Tamar won the best novel award at the Cairo International Book fair in 2020. Her novel The Magic of Turquoise is translated into English and German. Winner of the best novel award at the Cairo International Book fair in 2017, 2020

Publisher: al-Arabi Publishing and Distributing Edition: 2015 Pages: 293 ISBN: 978-977-319-270-9 Rights Holder: alarabipublishing@gmail.com

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Fortress of Dust | Hisn al-turab Ahmad Abdulatif Historical fiction Iznatoraf, the ‘Fortress of Dust,’ is a small Andalusian village near Jaén, where this historical novel takes place. It tells the story of a critical time in the Arab and Western history: the fall of the Islamic civilisation in al-Andalus and the ensuing inquisition, torture, and forced conversion of Muslims. The author weaves the story of generations over three centuries around the family of one man of the Moriscos: Mohammed de Molina, beginning before the fall of Granada in 1492 and ending with the crisis of the family after emigration to Morocco, where they now face persecution as Spanish Christians. The story gives an insight on the ordinary Moriscos families whose lives were brushed off by the history books and whose identities were lost among the chaos of the inquisition in al-Andalus. Although the novel is set in the past, it cannot be read in isolation from the current situation in the Arab world, particularly the Arab Spring and the resulting sectarian wars, as well as the persecution of innocent religious groups. In artistic, melodic language that immediately draws the reader in, the writer eloquently employs fantasy in his narrative, adding to the original style of the novel.

Ahmad Abdulatif

Ahmad Abdulatif is a novelist, translator, journalist, and researcher, born in Egypt in 1978 and currently living in Madrid. He has a BA in Spanish literature, an MA and PhD in comparative studies from the Autonomous University of Madrid. He is the author of six novels: The Keymaker (2010, winner of the 2011 Egyptian State Encouragement Prize), The Clairvoyant (2012), The Book of the Sculptor (2013, winner of the 2015 Sawiris Cultural Award), Elias (2014), Fortress of Dust (2017, longlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction), and Legs That Know the Time to Go Out (2019).

The fall of the Islamic civilisation in al-Andalus and one Morisco family Publisher: el-Ain Publishing House Edition: 2017 Pages: 258 ISBN: 978-977-490-429-5 Rights Holder: ahmedxlatif@yahoo.com

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Emerald Mountain | Jabal al-zomoroud Mansoura Ez Eldin Historical magical realism It is 2011, Cairo, shortly after the revolution. Locked in her apartment, a woman named Bustan al-Bahr seeks to resuscitate Zumurruda, princess of Mount Qaf, whose story was distorted and then abandoned by the storytellers of the Thousand and One Nights. The author claims that the forgotten story of the Thousand and One Nights is Scheherazade’s favourite, and picks up the pieces of this lost legend, which she interweaves with another story, in parallel lines, of a young contemporary Egyptian. She uncovers the story of Hadir, who lives in Cairo with her grandmother; her mother Nadia is the woman she sees every time she looks in the mirror. In her childhood, Hadir loses a ring that will define her fate. Mansoura Ez Eldin masters both stories and interconnects them intelligently. Bustan is the only shared point between these two narratives, which come together at the end. “I wanted to mix the magic element with contemporary reality. I also wanted to explore the paradoxical relationship of the original or the authentic with its multiple copies,” says Ez Eldin.

Mansoura Ez Eldin Mansoura Ez Eldin is a widely acclaimed author and critic whose work has been featured in Granta, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. In 2009, she was named one of the best 39 Arab authors under 40, by Hay Festival Beirut, and her novels have been shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction and the Shaykh Zayed Book Award. Her works have been translated into English, French, German, Italian, Slovenian, Chinese, and Spanish. Translated to French by Actes Sud

Winner of the Sharjah Award for The Best Arabic Novel 2014 Publisher: Dar al-Tanweerr Edition: 2014 Pages: 232 ISBN: 978-993-888-627-6 Rights Holder mansoura_ezeldin@yahoo.

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Rhythm | Iqa’a Wagdi al-Komi Contemporary literary fiction A daring novel on the political turmoil in Egypt during the Egyptian Revolution of 2011 and onwards. The protagonist is a middle-aged Coptic Christian woman who aspires to retrieve her family’s properties in the heart of Cairo. She marries a well-known religious clerk and converts to Islam, only to find out that her husband is involved in the kidnapping of Coptic girls and forcing them to convert. This is one of the first novels to courageously discuss the state of Egypt in detail, taking the revolution as its starting point. It then moves to when different parties ruled and the power clash and conflict that took place between them. The book further gives the reader a glimpse of the divisions between and within the factions of society, as well as the state of puzzlement in the national sentiment of the people. A brave novel that discusses details of the post-revolution era but also tells us about the people who lived it.

Wagdi al-Komi Wagdi al-Komi began his career as a writer in 2008. He has published five novels and two short story collections. His recent collection won the best short story collection prize at the Cairo International Book Fair 2018. As well as being a literary author, al-Komi is also a freelance journalist and a workshop instructor at the GoetheInstitut in Cairo, where he was chosen to lead a workshop on short stories twice in 2018 and 2019.

Winner of the Arab Thought Foundation Award 2016 Publisher: Dar El Shorouk Edition: 2015 Pages: 382 ISBN: 097-897-709-336-7 Rights Holder: ahmedb@shorouk.com

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The Cross of Moses | Salib Moussa Haitham Dabbour Literary thriller On a freezing cold December night in 2011, amid political and security turmoil in Egypt, Ahmed Bahy, a photographer in his thirties, is forced into a helicopter and taken to Saint Catherine’s Monastery in Sinai, where he has enjoyed a long history with the Greek monks. A document implicates him in the mysterious death of a monk in the monastery a few hours earlier, forcing him to flee and seek to establish his innocence. With the help of the Bedouin Abi Omran and environmental scientist Ruth, Bahy later discovers rare documents of the monastery that hold grave secrets, and he risks all to uncover the truth. The novel is based on real events related to documents and maps of the monastery’s archives, as well as the demographics of Saint Catherine’s Monastery, and the author brings everything together in his tale: the historical, the geographic, the religious, the ethnic, and the artistic.

Haitham Dabbour Haitham Dabbour began his career as a journalist and writer. He is the author of close to ten books of fiction, satire, and poetry. He won the Ahmad Fouad Negm Award for Egyptian Colloquial Poetry for his poetry collection Eaten by Seven Lean Cows. The movie Odd was inspired by his short story collection The Horse’s Back, and Photocopy by his short story collection A Thing from Fiction. His 2020 novel The Cross of Moses has received praise from both critics and readers.

The mysterious death of a monk at Saint Catherine’s Monastery in Sinai Publisher: Dar El Shorouk Edition: 2020 Pages: 344 ISBN: 978-977-093-625-2 Rights Holder: ahmedb@shorouk.com

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Barr al-Dayf | Barr al-Dayf Yehya H. Safwat Multi-generational thriller in a magical realism n Egyptian saga in three books revolving around a battle across generations of a family sworn to protect the people, and what they protect them from: he who watches from the other side of the Nile. Barr al-Dayf is a village that has fallen from the memory of the world, a place everyone agreed to forget, even its own people, who decided at some point to stop having children, racing against time to end their own bloodline. Barr al-Dayf has traditions and rules the likes of which you won’t find anywhere, rules revolving around secrecy and concealment. If you are accepted inside the village, which is rare, you will be puzzled by the metal barriers installed on one side of the streetlamps, preventing light from shining in the direction of the Nile. And if you are crazy enough to sneak behind the backs of the villagers and lurk until after the sun goes down, you will find only empty streets and locked doors. Silence and sorrow are all you will find. Breaking these traditions will lead him back to our world, for he is watching and waiting for us to err. And this is exactly what happens when one of the village’s own people breaks these rules. Now he has spotted us, and soon he will cross to our side to take back what he believes to be his.

Yehya H. Safwat Yehya H. Safwat is an engineer and a bilingual author who writes in both Arabic and English. He especially writes in the genres of mystery, paranormal fantasy, and horror. He is the author of four books, one of which is available on Amazon and is currently being translated into Arabic.

Horror in an Egyptian village

Publisher: Dar Oktob Edition: 2018 Pages: 311 ISBN: 978-977-488-612-6 Rights Holder: yehyasafwat@yahoo.com

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Fellini’s Shoes | Hiza’ Fellini Wahid al-Tawila Psychological thriller Mutaa, an average psychologist, is invited to attend a conference he knows nothing about. Who invited him and why? He does not know either. Nonetheless, he accepts the invitation because, after all, who dares ask the why questions in his country? He is soon arrested during the conference and finds himself in a prison cell, not knowing why or how. For twenty years, Mutaa is whipped by his torturer, whose voice he never forgets. He is accused of some crime he has no idea about and is thrown a pen and paper every day, to write his diaries and every single detail about his life. The interrogators ask him about his relationship with the eminent Italian director Fellini. He understands nothing, though the whipping and verbal abuse do not stop. Twenty years later, Mutaa comes face to face with his torturer, whose voice he instantly recognises, and who is an entirely different person now—and the story takes a different path. The novel takes place in a country we do not know, though we do know it is an Arab country. “To those whose screams were unheard. To those who could not scream at all,” writes the author.

Wahid al-Tawila Wahid al-Tawila is a gifted author who has written four novels and three short story collections. His 2015 novel Gate of the Night won the Sawiris Prize, and Fellini’s Shoes was selected by Anis Arrafai as one of the ArabLit “Best of 2016,” writing that it “can be counted among the literary works.

An imprisoned psychologist writes about his relationship with Fellini

Publisher: Al-Mutawassit Edition: 2016 Pages: 186 ISBN: 978-889-968-7151 Rights Holder: Taweela4000@hotmail.com

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The Stone in Khallaf’s House Hajar bayt Khallaf Mohamed Ali Ibrahim Contemporary literary fiction Set in the marginalised society of Upper Egypt, The Stone in Khallaf’s House is the story of a young boy who is sexually assaulted by a cemetery guard under the approval of his own father, who wishes to excavate the tomb in search of antiquities. The novel introduces the reader to the world of antiquities dealers and drug dealers in a rather conservative society, and shows us how far these businesses are spread across that part of Egypt. It also addresses issues like sexism, as well as a variety of social and psychological issues. The author employs language for his own needs in the novel, at times a highly Quranic and formal language, at other times the colloquial of Upper Egypt. Impressively, he also uses hieroglyphic and Coptic symbols, introducing us to an entirely fresh reading experience.

Mohamed Ali Ibrahim As well as being a novelist, Mohamed Ali Ibrahim is an engineer, a poet, and a short story writer. In 2018, The Stone in Khallaf’s House won the Gamal al-Ghitani Award for novels. He has published nine works of fiction, and he currently lives in Cairo.

The world of antiquities and drug dealers in the marginalised society of Upper Egypt Publisher: al-Muthaqqaf publishing and distributing Edition: 2018 Pages: 197 ISBN: 978-977-835-066-1 Rights Holder: ma5696115@yahoo.com

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Room 304: How I Hid from My Beloved Father for 35 Years | Ghorfa 304 Amr Ezzat Literary memoir This memoir that tells the story of the author’s relationship with his father, the patriarchal figure that many Egyptians live with. It looks at how the father figure sees himself as a divine being, and the resulting conflicts that arise between son and father. In the memoir, fatherhood is seen as a debt that the son has to pay throughout his life. The tone of voice is not always critical in the book, however: for example, the perfect version of Amr refuses to submit to his rebellious character, because he enjoys how proud his father is of him. The memoir also attempts to come to peace with the notion of ‘hiding’ behind lies, where the son is lying, and the father knows he is lying, giving us a general sense of tension in the air. “The book encompasses different layers of my relationship with my father. I believe that the experience of fatherhood itself changes fathers, even if they think their sons are the only ones being shaped,” writes Ezzat.

Amr Ezzat Amr Ezzat is an Egyptian writer born in 1980. He studied engineering and philosophy at Cairo University. He worked as an engineer, then as a journalist, and currently works as a researcher on religious freedom and writes for several newspapers and websites. He has published two books. His memoir Room 304: How I Hid from My Beloved Father for 35 Years is available in Arabic and English, as is How to Remember your Dreams, published in 2020. The different layers of a relationship between a son and his father Publisher: Dar El Shorouk Edition: 2019 Pages: 112 ISBN: 978-977-093-5446 Rights Holder: ahmedb@shorouk.com

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Born | Al-Mawlouda Nadia Kamel Literary memoir and biography Born weaves between genres: it is a memoir, a biography, or both at the same time. Nadia Kamel writes the story of her mother Naela, born Mary Ely Rosenthal, to a Jewish Egyptian father and an Italian Christian mother, who fell in love and got married in Egypt in the 1920s. Naela later joins the Communist movement but is arrested for her rebellious acts against the state. She falls in love with an Egyptian journalist and activist and decides to work in journalism in defending women’s rights. Meanwhile, she supports her husband, who is persecuted by the government. Kamel dives into an Egypt that no longer exists today. She tells us of different people, different living conditions, and different politics. She also takes us on journeys with her mother in prison and talks about her fellow rebels. We read about how Naela raised her two daughters, Nadia and Dina, and the challenges she sees in her relationship with her parents, her husband, and her grandchildren. The narrative voice is by turns witty and poignant, and it gives a fresh perspective on a unique and inspiring Egyptian woman in mid-twentieth-century history.

Nadia Kamel Nadia Kamel is an Egyptian filmmaker who studied chemistry and microbiology before making a career shift to films. She is known for her first film, the prize-winning Salata Baladi, and Green Mirage, a documentary she directed and produced in Tunisia.Her award-winning documentary novel Born, published in 2018, is a bestseller.

A Communist mother tells her daughter her life story

Publisher: al-Karma Publishers Edition: 2018 Pages: 552 ISBN: 978-977-646-793-4 Rights Holder: seif.alkarma@gmail.com

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Diaries of a Running Man | Youmaiat rajul yarkud Farid Abdel Azim Literary football novel Farid Abdel Azim takes the sport of football and uses its suspense, pace, and quick turns to create a narrative that, to the reader, feels like a football match. The story is of a young man’s dream to become a footballer, and his daily struggles with his father to fulfill his dream. Abouda fights one failure after another in his pursuit of success. His journey takes twists and turns, threatens his future, and takes its toll on his mental wellbeing. The running man of the title refers to all who run after success, not just aspiring footballers. Additionally, the novel addresses issues of totalitarian power and its impact on society through the use of various methods of ‘invitation and intimidation,’ as well as the use of targeted media. Issues of minority groups are also featured, as the author attempts to offer an honest image of these groups, avoiding all the known stereotypes. The novel is rich in language and metaphor, and it offers a constantly dynamic element of place that leaves no room for boredom.

Farid Abdel Azim Farid Abdel Azim is an Egyptian novelist born in 1983. He has published a number of short stories in newspapers and on online platforms. He won a prize for his short story collection in 2016. In 2018 he participated in the project to support writing talent in the MENA region (the Cairo Short Stories project), organized by the Goethe-Institut in collaboration with the German KfW Development Bank.

The story of a young man’s dream to become a footballer

Publisher: Ibiidi Publishing Edition: 2019 Pages: 207 ISBN: 978-977-674-817-0 Rights Holder: info@ibiidipubishing.com

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On the Trail of Enayat al-Zayyat Fi athar Enayat al-Zayyat Iman Mersal Literary nonfiction A young Egyptian poet walks the streets of Downtown Cairo to find herself among battered volumes of a second-hand book stall, where she finds a novel published more than a quarter century earlier, Love and Silence. She has never heard of its author, Enayat al-Zayyat. Brushing the dust off its cover, she buys it. She later learns that Enayat committed suicide before her novel was published, and that she was the childhood friend of Nadia Lutfi, the acclaimed Egyptian actress. Another twenty years later, the young poet is now an established writer and a professor of Arabic literature. The same battered novel lies open on her desk. Her obsession with its author, the rebellious spirit who took her own life, continues to press at her like a threat: what turn in the road led Enayat to such a decision? On the Trail of Enayat Al Zayyat is an experimental work of literary investigation in which the poet Iman Mersal traces the history of a life in writing cut short by circumstance and the law. Roaming the city, sifting through legal transcripts and newspaper archives, and conducting intensive interviews with relatives and those who knew her, not least Nadia Lutfi herself, Mersal offers the readers a narrative that weaves an investigation out of novelistic technique.

Iman Mersal

Iman Mersal is an Egyptian poet, essayist, translator and literary scholar, and a professor of Arabic language and literature at the University of Alberta, Canada. She is the author of five books of Arabic poetry, selections from which have been translated into numerous languages. A selection of Mersal’s poetry, entitled These Are Not Oranges, My Love, translated into English by the poet Khaled Mattawa, was published in 2008. Her most recent publications include an Arabic translation of Charles Simic’s memoir, A Fly in the Soup, and How to Mend: Motherhood and its Ghosts. French rights Actes Sud. English translation forthcoming. An investigation of the life of a lost Egyptian writer

Publisher: al Kotob Khan Edition: 2019 Pages: 243 ISBN: 978-977-803-102-7 Rights Holder: imersal@gmail.com

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The Copt’s Table: Lessons from the Christian Egyptian Kitchen Ghadha’ al-qibti Charles Akl Literary nonfiction A funny, light-hearted book that takes the reader on a journey of discovering what it means to be a Coptic Egyptian. The author tells us stories from the Coptic kitchen. The chapter titles of the book carry the names of Egyptian foods, giving us the impression that it is a cookery book, but instead of the recipes, the author narrates in each chapter the origin of a traditional dish, its importance or relevance to the Christian family, how it is perceived by the society, and personal or historical anecdotes from each simple meal. The book discusses Egyptian society on a minor scale, revealing how disgruntled the author is with Egyptian traditions and hypocrisies, but all of this is offered in a humorous tone that entertains the reader and keeps the pages turning. With a Christian upbringing, Charles Akl’s words give us an authentic experience from the heart of Coptic Orthodox society.

Charles Akl Charles Akl is a writer who also studied arts management as well as architecture. For several years, he worked in the cultural management sector in Cairo, and writes tech articles and music reviews for Mada Masr and Ma3azef websites. He was the scriptwriter for a number of short films and podcasts. His first book The Copt’s Table was published in 2017 (Al Kotob Khan). In 2020 he released his first Novel Red like Orange, a mocumentary about a fictional music group (Al Karma Publishers 2020). His Graphic Novel Jellybird (Al Karma Publishers) is due to be published at the end 2020. Funny stories from the Coptic kitchen Publisher: al Kotob Khan Edition: 2017 Pages: 308 ISBN: 978-977-803-046-4 Rights Holder: karam@kotobkhan.com

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Zouba’s Theatre | Masrah Zouba Salwa Bakr Literary short stories How far has Egypt changed in the last sixty years? A question that Salwa Bakr answers in this collection of short stories that range from the 1960s to the changes in Egyptian society of the January 2011 Revolution. Bakr’s opening stories tackle Syria’s secession from the United Arab Republic, the political union between Egypt and Syria. Through history, the author takes the reader on a journey of discovery of the shifts that the Egyptian society has seen over more than half a century, also looking at the Arab–Israeli conflict and the oil revolution in the Middle East. The narration is omniscient, cinematic, and musical, asking questions of identity and how far revolutions have changed Egypt. The language is diverse, from Standard Arabic to Colloquial and different dialects. “I am not inspired by history; I write about history,” Bakr says.

Salwa Bakr Salwa Bakr was born in Cairo in 1949. She gained her BA in business management from Ain Shams University in 1972 and a second BA in theatre criticism in 1976. She worked as a government rationing inspector from 1974 to 1980, then as a film and theatre critic for several Arabic-language publications. In 1985 she began concentrating on creative writing. She has published seven collections of short stories, seven novels, and a play. Her works have been translated to a number of languages.

Salwa has been translated to 17 languages

Publisher: General Egyptian Book Organization (GEBO) Edition: 2020 Pages: 120 ISBN: 978-977-912-557-2 Rights Holder: salwabakr@hotmail.com

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The City of Endless Walls Madinat al-hawaet alla-nehaiya Tareq Imam Surreal interlinked stories The City of Endless Walls is a Thousand and One Nights-esque collection of interlinked tales in which a town’s inhabitants decide to demolish the walls of their homes and build four giant walls around the whole city. Their goal is to make the whole town live in one shared home so that they become one family. But instead, every day, a new town resident is murdered by an unknown killer. The book is divided into thirty-six tales and three chapters: the women of the city of walls, the men of the city of walls, and the strangers of the city of walls. The city where the tales take place has no known name, nor do we know the time when the tales take place. The one thing we know is that it exists in an Arab, Eastern setting. Meanwhile, the tales of the book are interconnected through the place, as characters often disappear only to reappear once again in another tale. This is a thrilling, wild, and sometimes frightening read. It is full of strange tales and superstitions to keep the reader constantly on edge.

Tareq Imam Tareq Imam is an acclaimed and award-winning young novelist who published his first short story collection at the age of eighteen. He is well-known for his short stories—his story “An Eye” won the international Museum of Words competition in 2013—but he has also authored eleven novels and seen work translated into English, French, Spanish and Italian. His novel The Silence of the Killers is being adapted to film.

Stories that build up to construct a surreal thriller

Publisher: al-Dar al-Misriya al-Lubnaniya Edition: 2018 Pages: 272 ISBN: 978-977-795-157-9 Rights Holder: info@almasriah.com

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Slipping | Iflat al-asabi’ Mohamed Kheir Contemporary literary fiction This is a book of strange accounts, free-floating threads that tangle and knot as a story unfolds: a dead father returns to rule his household from beyond the grave, a man awakes on the outskirts of a strange town with no memory of how he arrived there, a woman sings every sound in the world. And then the line that binds them: a journey undertaken by Bahr, an Egyptian returned home after years abroad, and his amanuensis—our narrator—a journalist employed to document Bahr’s tour of magically-imbued sites, which offer us glimpses into a parallel and miraculous reality. But the pilgrimage begins to expose cracks in the premises of the story we are being told. How reliable is our narrator? Even as the novel’s lines of incident and narrative intersect and cohere, these breaks and glitches widen, and we find ourselves in a world that is bound by its own dissolution, which comes together as it comes apart. This is an astonishing and delicately powerful novel of identity and trauma, of exile, loss and revolution, a prose poem that weighs the collapse of individuals and buildings and societies alike against our capacity to love and endure.

Mohamed Kheir Born in 1978, Mohamed Kheir is among the most important writers of the contemporary literary scene in Egypt. He is the author of several collections of short stories and poetry and one previous novel, A Closer Sky, as well as being a prolific songwriter for the alternative music scene in Egypt and Lebanon. His published works include Radio Spectres, a poetry collection, which won Egypt’s Sawiris Cultural Award in 2010, the short story collection Eyeblink, which won the same prize in 2015, and now the most mature and affecting of his books, Slipping.

A multilayered novel of a world that comes together as it comes apart Publisher: al Kotob Khan Edition: 2018 Pages: 190 ISBN: 978-977-803-057-0 Rights Holder karam@kotobkhan.com

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Shubeik Lubeik | Shubeik lubeik Dina Mohamed Yehia Graphic novel A graphic novel trilogy set in an imagined modern Cairo, where first-class wishes are sold in bottles and third-class wishes are sold in cans, and the more expensive the wishes, the more powerful their ability to fulfill dreams. Sadly, the majority of the population can only afford the cheaper, thirdclass wishes. Shubeik Lubeik is the story of three first-class wishes and how they affect the lives of three characters trying to achieve their dreams in a wildly classist society. In the first book of the trilogy, we meet Aziza, a hard-working woman who falls in love with Abdo, who is later taken away from her. We see human loss and regret, and we understand what it means for humans to have the right to wishes. In some scenes, Yehia reminds us of Franz Kafka’s parable “Before the Law,” where the protagonist struggles against a bureaucratic system that denies him access to a better life. This is a story about perseverance, persistence, and love in a largely dystopian society.

Dina Mohamed Yehia Deena Mohamed Yehia is an Egyptian illustrator and designer. She first started making comics at eighteen, with her webcomic Qahera, about a visibly Muslim Egyptian superhero, which addresses social issues such as Islamophobia and misogyny. Her debut graphic novel Shubeik Lubeik is published in Arabic in Egypt and was awarded Best Graphic Novel and the Grand Prize of the Cairo Comix Festival (2017.) It was part of the exhibition on Contemporary Arab Comics at the Museum of Comics (Musée de la Bande Dessinée) in Angoulême. The English rights for all three parts of Shubeik Lubeik have been acquired by Pantheon Books for North America and Granta for the UK, for publication in spring 2021. Translated to English: Pantheon Books for North America and Granta for the UK. A graphic allegory of the classism that exists in Egyptian society Publisher: Mahrousa Center for Publishing Edition: 2018 No. Pages: 105 ISBN: 978-977-313-711-3 Rights Holder: anjali@pandeliterary.com

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A SELECTION OF EXPERIENCED TRANSLATORS Albanian • Haki Shtalbi • Hysen Sinani Basque • Patxi ZubizarretaIrun Bosnian • Mehmed Kico Bulgarian • Lotos Boradzhieva • • Catalan • Laura Atienza Chinese • Zhong Jikun • Yi Hong • Yang Wenxiang • Sha Min Danish • Ellen Wulff • June Dahy • Lilian Cipikoff Dutch • Djûke Poppinga • Nisrine Mbarki English • Robin Moger • Thoraya El Rayyes • Elisabeth Jaquette • Leri Price • Nariman Youssef • Katharine Halls • Lina Mounzer • Marilyn Booth • Sawad Hussain • Nicole Fares • Sam Wilder Faroese • Lív Joensen Finnish • Sampsa Peltonen • Sayed Jalabi • Pekka Lehtinen

French • Khaled Osman • Philippe Vigreux • Richard Jacquemond • Gilles Gauthier • François Zabbal • Stephanie Dujols • Maite Graisse German • Stefan Weidner • Leila Chamaa • Larissa Bender • Sandra Hetzl Greek • Eleni E. Kapetanaki • Persa Koumoutse Hebrew • Tami Chapnik Hungarian • Robert Simon Icelandic • Sigurdur A. Magnússon • Úlfur Hjörvar Indonesian • Ali Audah • Iskandar Thamrin Italian • Stefania Dell’Anna • Jolanda Guardi • Barbara Benini • Federica Pistono • Barbara Teresi • Simone Sibilio • Elisabetta Bartuli Japanese • Haruo Hanawa • Nobuko Aoyagi • Takano Akihiro Malay • Abdullah Hussain • Shamsuddin Jaafar • Malayalam • S A Qudsi

Norwegian • Oda Winsnes Persian • Bahman Razani • Javad Sayyid Ashraf • M.H. Prandian • Muhammad Javahirkalam • Muhammad Reda Marashipur • Yusuf Azizi Bani Turf Polish • Jolanta Kozlowska • Aleksandra LasotaBarańska Portuguese • Alphonse Nagib Sabbagh and João Baptista M. Vargens • Ana Ban • Badr Hassanein • Estafânia Vicente Duarte • Georges Fayez Khouri and Neuza Neif Nabhan • Ibrahim Georges Khalil • José Augusto de Carvalho • Pedro Lopez d’Azevedo Romanian • Irina Vainovski-Mihai • Mihai Patru • Nicolae Dobrišan Russian E.A. Katsa V. Kirpichenko Serbian • Miroslav B. Mitrovic • Rade Božovic Slovak • Ladislav Drozdik • Marek Brieka

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Spanish • Álvaro Abellá • Ángel Mestres Valero • Belén Campo • D. G. Villaescusa • Eugenia Gálvez Vázquez • Federico Arbós • Helena Valentí • Ingrid Bejarano and Luisa Prieto • Isabel Hervás Jávega • José Manuel Canadá • Marcelino Villegas González • María Luis Prieto • María Rosa de Madariaga Swedish • Hadi Kechrida and Oluf Lindeqvist • Hesham Bahari and Astrid Ericson Bahari • Ingvar Rydberg • Jan Åslund • Kerstin Eksell • Ulla Ericson and Hesham Bahari Thai • Khen Sangkeet (Kan Sang-Kheat) Turkish • Mehmet Hakkı Suçin • Aslı Çıngıl • Avi Pardo • Bedrettin Aytaç • Dilek Šendil • Erdal Alova • İlknur Özdemir Valencian • Isaïs Minetto and Josep Franco