Recently, I have started reading again. Just finished Hans Fallada, Alone in Berlin – which was profoundly sad and completely human. An email prompted me to make a shortlist of books I would like to tackle next. The following list is of Arabic (largely Egypt-centric) literature in translation. Some I read a while back and would like to re-visit. Others are on that proverbial pile.
- The Other Place, Ibrahim Abdel Meguid. It was between this and his No One Sleeps in Alexandria but the Gulf remains the weirdest place on Earth, and this novel jibes most with my memories there. Such as they were.
- In the Eye of the Sun, Ahdaf Soueif. This be a classic in every sense of the word. I haven’t read it in a long while, but I remember awe.
- The Essential Yusuf Idris, Yusuf Idris.
- Season of Migration to the North, Tayeb Salih.
- Gate of the Sun, Elias Khoury.
- Sunset Oasis, Bahaa Taher.
- The Lamp of Umm Hashmi and Other Stories, Yahya Haqqi. One of my favorites.
- Gold Dust, Ibrahim al-Koni.
If you have read these, would love your comments. Or add others which you recommend.