December 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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