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Hassan Hend’s latest novel gives interesting insight into Egypt in the early 20th century, but falls flat when it comes to contemporary comparisons

While showing some promise, Ahmed Helmy’s first book of short stories is mired in confusion

The collection of Nagui El-Shenawi’s stories from the 1980s and 1990s evokes some of the feelings of that era

Haggag Addoul’s latest novel is one that positions him squarely as one of the most remarkable of Egypt’s present-day writers

Burhan Shawi, in his novel centred on a guard at a morgue, give us a glimpse into interconnected fate and victimhood in contemporary Iraq

Desert literature is an apt description of Bosahab Ahl Aala’s novel: barren, arduous and of little interest

The concept of secret societies that rules the world has been always a fascinating subject for writers, movie makers and readers

In his 13th novel, Safini Mara, or 'Save Your Heart for Me,' Naim Sabry experiments with an innovative style of storytelling as he looks at the difficult lives of the youth of the 1960s


In a vibrant and thought-provoking historical novel, Ahmed Gad El-Karim revives to memory one of Egypt’s long-forgotten heroes of the national struggle

Writer El-Saeed Saleh delves into the psychology of a woman who had to give up her daughter, and the latter’s struggle for the truth about her life

In a highly enjoyable novel of magical realism, Sameh El-Gabbas connects the past and the present, detailing aspects of the consciousness of modern Egypt

Poker, by Helana Al-Sheikh, (Lebanon: Difaf Editions & El-Ikhtilef Editions), 2019


Detailing life amid the crushing decades of the Gaddafi regime, Libyan writer Elbet El-Saada rails against dictatorship and misery, and defends joy

Abdelouahab Aissaoui’s supposed historical novel and Arabic Booker winner, The Spartan Court, is a book many readers might wish had not been written




Journalist and activist Hanan Kamal wrote a non-fiction book that captures her experience of breast cancer

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