March 2018 e-Newsletter

The Interview


 Mohammad Rabie (left) and Ahmed Saadawi in Dubai












Last week Mohammad Rabie, author of Otared, the grisly IPAF-shortlisted dystopian novel, translated and published by Hoopoe (2016), participated in two discussions and a master class at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature in Dubai.

He was invited to talk about “Publishing in Translation: From Choosing the Book to Finding the Reader.” Along with two other guest authors, Paulo Lemos Horta and Maán Jalal, Rabie examined the market for books in translation, how to find readers, and the relationship between author, translator, and editor. “The problem editors face in the Arab world is there are no rules,” said the Egyptian writer.

Also during the festival, Rabie and rising Iraqi writer Ahmed Saadawi, best known for his novel Frankenstein in Baghdad, addressed the issue of “Confronting Horror” and looked at how Arab authors defied violence and unrest in their societies to write about people who struggle to survive and fight for their community. “Black comedy helps to overcome the tragedy,” Rabie said.

In his “Editing Arabic” masterclass, delivered to publishers, editors, and authors alike, Rabie shared his knowledge of, and insight into, effective fiction editing in Arabic gained from his many years of experience as an editor at Dar Al-Tanweer Publishers and as a successful author. 

When Otared was released in English by Hoopoe, here is what Rabie had to say about his own writing process and purpose. Click here to watch the video interview.

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In the Spring Catalog

This Spring we are publishing a colorful new selection and variety of titles: they include the eagerly awaited third and final installment of Jason Thompson’s Wonderful Things, Zora O’Neill’s warm and witty travel account, All Strangers Are Kin: Adventures in Arabic and the Arab World, Humphrey Davies’s and Lesley Lababidi’s fascinating A Field Guide to the Street Names of Central Cairo, explaining what the capital’s street names commemorate and when they were first recorded, and Jihad of the Pen: The Sufi Literature of West Africa, which explores the intellectual writings of some of that region’s most influential Muslim spiritual thinkers.

Click here to browse the complete Spring 2018 catalog.

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Book Of The Month

Aristocrats and Archaeologists
An Edwardian Journey on the Nile

By Toby Wilkinson and Julian Platt
A collection of letters in a small painted box passed down through three generations of a London family is the starting point for a vivid account of a three-month journey up and down the Nile in a bygone age.

The letters, like a time capsule, bring to life a lost world of Edwardian travel and social mores, of Egypt on the brink of the modern age, of the great figures of Egyptology, of aristocrats and archaeologists.

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London Book Fair


10–12 April
The London Book Fair
Olympia, London

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