March 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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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

Events

10–12 April
The London Book Fair
Olympia, London

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