October 2017 e-Newsletter


Book of The Month

The Diaries of Waguih Ghali
An Egyptian Writer in the Swinging Sixties Volume 2: 1966–68
Edited by May Hawas 



These are the  captivating diaries of Waguih Ghali, the Egyptian political exile, novelist, and libertine intellectual in sixties Europe, perhaps better know as the author of the widely acclaimed novel Beer in the Snooker Club, who committed suicide in the London flat of his editor, friend, and sometimes lover, Diana Athill.

This second volume of the diaries covers the period from 1966 to 1968. Moving from West Germany to London and Israel, and back in memory to Egypt and Paris, the entries boast of endless drinking, countless love affairs, and of mingling with the dazzling intellectuals of London. The Diaries also critique the sinister political circles of Jerusalem and Cairo, describe Ghali’s trepidation at being the first Egyptian allowed into Israel after the 1967 War, and confess in detail the pain and difficulties of writing and exile.

“Ghali’s struggles and insecurities feel terribly familiar, and it is oddly comforting to see them laid bare.”—Lara El Gibaly, Mada Masr

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Neil Hewison

In This Issue

“To take on such an enterprise—to create a canon of modern Arabic literature in English translation where there was none—anyone would need a great deal of enthusiasm, curiosity, and persistence. But Neil brought more than that, he brought an openhearted kindness as well.—Marcia Lynx Qualey, freelance cultural journalist andArabic Literature in English blogger.”

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Marcus Simaika

Book Of The Month

Marcus Simaika
Father of Coptic Archaeology
By Samir Simaika and Nevine Henein
Introduction by Donald M. Reid

Marcus Pasha Simaika (1864–1944) was born to a prominent Coptic family on the eve of the inauguration of the Suez Canal and the British occupation of Egypt...

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Rose's Cairo Book Club

Events


4 November
Rose's Cairo Book Club hosted by AUC Bookstores Riham Adlyof Embrace on Brooklyn Bridge (Hoopoe, 2017)
A novel by Ezzedine C. Fishere, translated by John Peate
AUC Tahrir Bookstore
AUC Tahrir Campus
2:00pm

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