Libraries in Egypt
babelmed - 18/03/2010
In “The Literary Atlas of Cairo”, a series of representations of Cairo in Arabic literature of the twentieth century, Samia Mehrez presents a literary topography combining the social, cultural, political and urban history of the Arab megalopolis.
When, just a few days ago, I called my father to commiserate with him over the passing of Naguib Mahfouz, he said to me in a voice shot through with a tracery of hidden sadness: "For me, Naguib Mahfouz was the most sacred thing in the entire universe." A voice inside me couldn't help remarking that my father appeared more upset by Mahfouz's death than he was when his mother passed away.
From Sonallah Ibrahim to Mohammed al-Fakharani, to Mohammed el-Bisat and Alaa al-Aswani, writers were part of the pre-revolutionary ferment of the past ten years.