A Musical Record of Jerusalem
Storyteller of Jerusalem, the Life and Times of Wasif Jawhariyyeh, 1904-1948
Edited and introduced by Salim Tamari and Issam Nassar
Translated by Nada Elzeer
Olive Branch Press, 2014, 304 pages.
House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East
By Anthony Shadid
Mariner Books, 2012
By Hedy Habra
Greensboro, NC: March Street Press, 2012.
Hedy Habra’s “Flying Carpets” is an enchanting collection of short stories that transports the reader from a childhood in a bygone era of Egypt to scenes set alternately in the United States, France, Lebanon, and Mexico. Each story takes the reader on a magical flight spurred on by longing, loss, and the search for the intangible yet true.
Far From Algiers
By Djelloul Marbrook
The Kent State University Press in Ken, 2008
A Tunisian Tale
By Hassouna Mosbahi
Translated by Max Weiss
The American University in Cairo Press, 2011.
“A Tunisian Tale” is a succinct and skilfully written novel that takes its readers into the darkest corners of Tunis and of the human mind. The “tale” is narrated in alternating first-person monologues by a dead mother (Najma) and a son (Alaa al-Din), who awaits his impending execution in his prison cell.
Standing by the Ruins:
Elegiac Humanism in Wartime and Postwar Lebanon
By Ken Seigneurie
FordhamUniversity Press, New York, 2011
Bye Bye Babylon, Beirut 1975-1979
By Lamia Ziade
Interlink Graphics Publishing, 2011
The graphic novel has become a highly respected genre of writing. What was once derided as a “pop” form of literature – comic books for teens – the graphic novel is now used by many great authors, such as Marjan Satrapi and Art Speigelman. And Lamia Ziade’s “Bye, Bye Bablyon” is no exception. Her novel is a jarring, disquieting, yet deeply touching exploration of the beginning of the Lebanese civil war from the eyes of a child.
Haven’t Understood You (Ma Fahemtakom) (In Arabic)
By Mar’ee Madkoor
Egypt, Dar al-Hilal, 2011
Egypt in the 70’s: Cultural Criticism in Egyptian Women’s Writing
By Caroline Seymour-Jorn
Syracuse UniversityPress, 2011