February 2018 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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Cassandra Vivian

Author Cassandra Vivian donates rare Egypt collection to AUC

Thousands of her black-and-white photographs of Egypt spanning more than three decades, detailed travel notes of her keen exploration of the Western Desert from the 1970s, as well as archival notes and dispatches acquired from the British Army...

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Book Of The Month



Mummies, Monsters, and the Ship of Millions
By Leena Pekkalainen
Another hilarious adventure for children with Mr. Mummific, the mummy with attitude. Having described his death and long mummification process in his last book...

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Tahrir Book Fair

Events

3–8 March
Tahrir Book Fair

25–29 March
Spring Book Fair

10–12 April
The London Book Fair
Olympia, London

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