Published by Hoopoe, an imprint of AUC Press (2017)
The author, Latifa al-Zayyat (1923–96), struggled all her life to uphold just causes—national integrity, the welfare of the poor, human rights, freedom of expression, and the rejection of all forms of imperialist hegemony.
This novel is a landmark in women's writing set during the struggle for Egyptian independence. February 1946: Cairo is engulfed by demonstrations against the British. Layla’s older brother Mahmud returns, wounded in the clashes, and the events of that fateful day mark a turning point in her life, an awakening to the world around her.
"Absorbing . . . Superbly translated . . . Arguably the best modern [Egyptian] novel not written by Nobel laureate Mahfouz."—Kirkus Reviews
Egyptologist and AUC Press author Dr. Wafaa El Saddik was among the 10 Egyptian women congratulated for their exceptional achievements and exemplary contributions in a wide array of fields at last night’s ‘Women of Substance’ reception held at the India House in Cairo.
“Women are the pillar of any society and they have to prove themselves through competing with men,”...