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I Fell in Love: When love takes you to the edge of death

By Sherif Azer In his latest novel, “Ana A’sheqt” or “I Fell in Love,” Muhammed El-Mansi Qandil is telling a love story that went beyond reality, and beyond love. It all started with the girl, Ward, who suffered from a rare medical illness close to stupor after she paid farewell to her lover, Hassan, at the …

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A novelist’s memories of revolution in Cairo

By Maurice Chammah I did not fully appreciate novelist Ahdaf Soueif’s new memoir “Cairo: My City, Our Revolution” until I read portions of the text out loud. Some of Soueif’s longer sentences are scarcely readable in one breath, and only when you try to squeeze them into a single gust of air and run out halfway …

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Gamal El Ghitani on preserving ‘Egyptian-ism’ (Part 2)

By Heba Elkayal Gamal El Ghitani’s writing on Egypt is first and foremost sensitive to and celebratory of the notion of the Egyptian identity vis-à-vis its history, starting with Ancient Egypt to the Mamluk era to modern day. On Feb. 29, the El Ghitani will give a reading of his novella, “Pyramid Texts,” at the “A …

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Gamal El Ghitani on preserving ‘Egyptian-ism’ (Part 1)

By Heba Elkayal Gamal El Ghitani’s writing on Egypt is first and foremost sensitive to and celebratory of the notion of the Egyptian identity vis-à-vis its history, starting with Ancient Egypt to the Mamluk era to modern day. In his works — which include modern classics such as “The Zafarani Files,” “Zayni Barakat” and “Rinn” among …

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