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31.

The Queue by Basma Abdel Aziz EN

Rating: 5     1 Vote
Country: Africa / Egypt flag Egypt
Description:
"The Queue ... has drawn comparisons to Western classics like George Orwell’s 1984 and The Trial by Franz Kafka. It represents a new wave of dystopian and surrealist fiction from Middle Eastern writers who are grappling with the chaotic aftermath and stinging disappointments of the Arab Spring." -- The New York Times Winner of the English PEN Translation Award In a surreal, but familiar, vision of modern day Egypt, a centralized authority known as ‘the Gate’ has risen to power in the aftermath of the ‘Disgraceful Events,’ a failed popular uprising. Citizens are required to obtain permission fr... continue
Recommended: 07 Apr 2022
32.

Woman at Point Zero by Nawal El Saadawi EN

Rating: 4     16 Votes
Country: Africa / Egypt flag Egypt
Description:
"All the men I did get to know, every single man of them, has filled me with but one desire: to lift my hand and bring it smashing down on his face. But because I am a woman I have never had the courage to lift my hand. And because I am a prostitute, I hid my fear under layers of make-up." --Excerpt
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Recommended: 21 May 2022
33.

The Translator by Leila Aboulela EN

Rating: 4     11 Votes
Country: Africa / Egypt flag Egypt
Description:
Although they work in the same department at Aberdeen University, she as a translator, he as a lecturer in Postcolonial Politics, Sammar and Rae live in worlds divided by simple facts
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Recommended: 04 Sep 2022
34.

The Hidden Face of Eve : Women in the Arab World by Nawal El Saadawi, Nawāl Saʻdāwī EN

Rating: 4.5     3 Votes
Country: Africa / Egypt flag Egypt
Description:
This powerful account of the oppression of women in the Muslim world remains as shocking today as when it was first published, more than a quarter of a century ago. Nawal El Saadawi writes out of a powerful sense of the violence and injustice which permeated her society. Her experiences working as a doctor in villages around Egypt, witnessing prostitution, honour killings and sexual abuse, including female circumcision, drove her to give voice to this suffering. She goes on explore the causes of the situation through a discussion of the historical role of Arab women in religion and literature.... continue
Recommended: 07 Sep 2022
35.

By Night the Mountain Burns by Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel EN

Rating: 5     1 Vote
Description:
The narrator recalls a dark period from his childhood in which a brushfire and cholera outbreak wreaked havoc on the remote island on which he lived, leading the islanders to make sacrifices to the ocean's Saltwater King.
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Recommended: 20 Feb 2022
36.

Heart of Fire by Senait Mehari EN

0 Ratings
Country: Africa / Eritrea flag Eritrea
Description:
One girl's extraordinary journey from child soldier to soul singer.
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Recommended: 20 Feb 2022
37.

The Consequences of Love by Sulaiman Addonia EN

Rating: 4     3 Votes
Country: Africa / Eritrea flag Eritrea
Description:
It is summer in Jeddah but Naser's life seems bleak. An immigrant in an unfriendly land, his friends have fled town for cooler climes and left him to his dead-end job and the scrutiny of the religious police, who keep watch through the shaded windows of their government jeeps. He spends his time writing to his mother in Africa and yearning to meet a woman - but in a country that separates men and women with walls and veils he feels increasingly trapped. Then, one of the black-clad women drops a piece of paper at his feet, instructing him to follow her pink shoes and suddenly his black-and-whit... continue
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Recommended: 20 Feb 2022
38.

Gratitude in Low Voices : A Memoir by Dawit Gebremichael Habte EN

Rating: 4     1 Vote
Country: Africa / Eritrea flag Eritrea
Description:
“A candid, inspiring memoir of cultural and historical importance” from an Eritrean-Ethiopian War refugee (Michael Bloomberg). Dawit Gebremichael Habte fled his homeland of Eritrea as a teenager. In the midst of the ongoing Eritrean-Ethiopian war, Dawit and his sisters crossed illegally into Kenya. Without their parents or documents to help their passage, they experienced the abuse and neglect known by so many refugees around the world. But Dawit refused to give up. He stayed resilient and positive. Journeying to the United States under asylum—and still a boy—Dawit found a new purpose in an un... continue
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Recommended: 20 Feb 2022
39.

My Fathers' Daughter : A Story of Family and Belonging by Hannah Pool EN

Rating: 5     1 Vote
Country: Africa / Eritrea flag Eritrea
Description:
What do you wear to meet your father for the first time? In 2004, Hannah Pool knew more about next season's lipstick colors than she did about Africa: a beauty editor for The Guardian newspaper, she juggled lattes and cocktails, handbags and hangouts through her twenties just like any other beautiful, independent Londoner. Her white, English adoptive relatives were beloved to her and were all the family she needed. Okay, if I treat it as a first date, then I'm on home turf. What image do I want to put across?...Classic, rather than trendy, and if my G-string doesn't pop out, I should be able t... continue
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Recommended: 20 Feb 2022
40.

Silence Is My Mother Tongue : A Novel by Sulaiman Addonia EN

0 Ratings
Country: Africa / Eritrea flag Eritrea
Description:
A sensuous, textured novel of life in a refugee camp, long-listed for the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction On a hill overlooking a refugee camp in Sudan, a young man strings up bedsheets that, in an act of imaginative resilience, will serve as a screen in his silent cinema. From the cinema he can see all the comings and goings in the camp, especially those of two new arrivals: a girl named Saba, and her mute brother, Hagos. For these siblings, adapting to life in the camp is not easy. Saba mourns the future she lost when she was forced to abandon school, while Hagos, scorned for his inabilit... continue
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Recommended: 07 Sep 2022

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