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Clouds over Alexandria

Ibrahim Abdel Meguid

In the 1970s, once-cosmopolitan Alexandria was at the forefront of the clash between Nasser’s socialist-era principles and the burgeoning fundamentalist movement. Five idealistic students find themsel … continued

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Guard of the Dead

George Yarak

Abir scrapes a living in a Beirut hospital morgue, stealing from both the bodies he tends and his bosses. But he has a dark history that continues to haunt him. Earlier in the civil war, he fled his v … continued

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The Woman from Tantoura

Radwa Ashour

Palestine. For most of us, the word brings to mind a series of confused images and disjointed associations—massacres, refugee camps, UN resolutions, settlements, terrorist attacks, war, occupation, ch … continued

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“I treat my writing time as a job”

This month Ruqaya Izzidien’s The Watermelon Boys (Hoopoe, 2018) was shortlisted for the Betty Trask Prize and Awards. When the news reached her, the young Iraqi-Welsh writer tweeted: “Dizzy, tearful,…

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“I don’t do secrets. I do symbols.”

Bothayna Al-Essa is the author of All That I Want To Forget, translated by Michele Henjum. “Al-Essa’s novel is lyrical and poetic,” writes Arab News in a recent review of the Kuwaiti’s book. Her novel…

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