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Opinion: “Oh Night, Oh My Eyes”

Opinion: “Oh Night, Oh My Eyes”

What does one enter a book shop to buy? A book or a music CD, of course. I recently purchased a delightful book entitled “Ô nuit, ô mes yeux: Le Caire / Beyrouth / Damas / Jérusalem” (Oh night, Oh my eyes: Cairo / Beirut / Damascus / Jerusalem) that is made of up of...
The Unicorn: Novel with Theatrical Soul

The Unicorn: Novel with Theatrical Soul

Cairo-It is not the first time that different types of literature are merged and we may have gotten used to such texts in poetry, songs, and others. Yet in this novel, we are facing a narration called “monodrama” … It is “The Unicorn” (Wahid al-Qarn) novel for...
An Author’s Search for the Kuwait of Old

An Author’s Search for the Kuwait of Old

London, Asharq Al-Awsat—For Mai Al-Nakib, a Kuwaiti writer who spent large chunks of her life away from her home country, writing fiction is “a way to open a space to kind of remind myself of the different kind of place Kuwait used to be.” [inset_left]The Hidden Light...
The Arabic Novel in the West

The Arabic Novel in the West

London, Asharq Al-Awsat—Does the Arabic novel enjoy popularity in the West? What is the proportion of those who read the Arabic novel in the West, in comparison to those who read Turkish, Afghan, or Indian novels? Just who is reading fiction translated from Arabic?...