Summer Re-Run: Arab Women Writers Recommend Their Favorite Arab Women Writers

A good list of modern books written by Arabic women authors


In 2014, ArabLit did a very popular “Year of Reading Arab Women.” A number of readers asked for a follow-up in 2015. In January of this year, nine acclaimed Arab women writers chose favorite books by other Arab women writers:

>Recommendation from Mansoura Ezz Eldin

41kBW4IFS8L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Hoda Barakat’s Stone of Laughter (English version available from Interlink, trans. Sophie Bennett)

“The novel that I’ve loved the most by an Arab woman writer is Hoda Barakat’s Stone of Laughter, which I read for the first time when the Egyptian edition was issued in 1998, and this was the first time I knew her writing. I bought it during the last two years of exams during university from a newspaper-and-bookseller who stood in front of the University of Cairo’s main gate, after its cover grabbed my attention.

“I read the first pages and couldn’t leave the book until I had finished it. Akthough I had…

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Could a word ever enclose so many emotions?!

Photos by Nowhere Girl

“I’m going to go home. Everything is going to be normal again. Boring again. Wonderful again.”

― Neil Gaiman, Neverwhere.

I am going home. I don’t know when, but I am, and I’m super psyched about it! This month marks my 22nd month of being away. I’m sure home will not look the same as when I left it, but it will be home. There has been so much talk and self-analysis about the future lately. And if I were to rank the times where I’ve been most unsure of in my life, this would make it to the top 5 easily. But the future will have to figure itself out. For now, I know I’m going home.

Photo taken November 2012 in San Carlos City, Philippines.

Copyright Tanya Vill 2012

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