June 2017 e-Newsletter


Book of The Month

 

The Open Door
By Latifa al-Zayyat
Translated by Marilyn Booth

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
 

 

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Denys Johnson-Davies

In This Issue

Denys Johnson-Davies

The American University in Cairo Press notes with great sadness the passing of the leading and award-winning Arabic–English translator Denys Johnson-Davies, one month before his ninety-fifth birthday.

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The Dream

Book Of The Month

The Dream
A Diary of the Film

By Mohammad Malas
Introduced by Samirah Alkassim

A Syrian filmmaker’s haunting record of his time in Lebanon’s Palestinian refugee camps...

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Frankfurt Book Fair

Events


11 – 15 October
Frankfurt Book Fair
Frankfurt, Germany

11 December
The Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature Award Ceremony
AUC Tahrir Campus

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