Hoopoe 2020 – classic authors and debut novelists
Much awaited is the release of Adel Kamel’s rediscovered 1940s classic The Magnificent Conman of Cairo. Praised by Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz, but never before translated, this literary gem propels us into turbulent World-War-Two-era Cairo, with a unique, satirical voice. Another classic comes from Man Booker International finalist Ibrahim al-Koni’s acclaimed Gold Dust, a hauntingly beautiful desert journey by man and beast.
Renowned Palestinian feminist author Sahar Khalifeh’s epic of exile and memory, My First and Only Love, hinges on a love story that began during the 1948 Nakba and endured into the diaspora.
And seasoned Moroccan crime writer Abdelilah Hamdouchi delivers the second installment in the Detective Hanash Crime Series, The Butcher of Casablanca, where a serial killer taunts the famous detective and his city’s inhabitants.
We are delighted, also, to introduce two exciting new literary voices: a debut in translation, The Girl with Braided Hair, by well-known Egyptian writer Rasha Adly, an intriguing art mystery, set between modern-day Cairo and the Napoleonic era; and Nektaria Anastasiadou’s debut novel A Recipe for Daphne, a multi-layered love story, set in one of Istanbul’s oldest communities and infused with wonderful humor and delicious food!
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