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Twenty-six hard-hitting, passionate, moving, funny and human stories from North Africa
by 21 authors –
Latifa Baqa, Ahmed Bouzfour, Rachida el-Charni, Mohamed Choukri, Mohammed Dib, Tarek Eltayeb, Mansoura Ez-Eldin, Gamal el-Ghitani, Said al-Kafrawi, Idriss el-Kouri, Ahmed el-Madini, Ali Mosbah, Hassouna Mosbahi, Muhammad Mustagab, Hassan Nasr, Rabia Raihane, Tayeb Salih, Habib Selmi, Izz al-Din Tazi and Mohammed Zefzaf.
Many of these authors are major literary figures in their own countries and the Arab world, who have broken with taboos and censorship, and established standards of innovation that have encouraged younger generations of authors.
“Pain, hardship, heartache, humour, identity, joy, loss and strategies for survival are universal themes and all are represented here,” writes Peter Clark, who edited and introduces the stories, and is one of the thirteen translators of the volume.
To read selections from the book, click the links below:
Ali Mosbah – Wind
Mohamed Choukri – Men Have All the Luck
Mansoura Ez-Eldin – Butrus: A distant hazy face
Gamal el-Ghitani – The Crop
Hassan Nasr – My Father’s Ox
Rachida el-Charni – Life on the Edge
Mohammed Dib – The Companion
Habib Selmi – The Visit