Out of Egypt

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Ursula & MLQ open the new season of BULAQ -- recorded in Amman, under the auspices of the Sowt network -- with a focus on Egypt. This episode's reading is from Yasmine Zohdi's translation of Muhammad al-Haj's Sawiris-winning Nobody Mourns the City's Cats, available in theSummer 2019 issue of ArabLit Quarterly. Azzurra Meringolo Scarfoglio’s book of interviews with Egyptian exiles isFuga dall’Egitto (“Escape from Egypt”). Ursula reviewed Peter Hessler’s The Buried: An Archaeology of the Egyptian Revolution,in the New York Review of Books. More than 2,000 Egyptians have been detained in a massive sweep of arrests following a new series of protests across the country; among the detainees is Egyptian novelist Muhammad Aladdin, whose charming revolution story, "Season of Migration to Arkadia," is available in Humphrey Davies' translation. Marcia guest-edited the last issue of Words Without Border,focused on Arabic humor.  Permalink