Category Archives: Literature

Stranger than fiction: Hugh Miles on “Playing Cards”

Word gets around in Cairo: that is probably the best and the worst thing about the city. That is how your bawab knows who you’re (secretly) dating, how you find your Arabic teacher, and (if you’re a journalist) how you … Continue reading

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Too black, too Brit: Zephaniah’s answer

Rastafarian poet Benjamin Zephaniah wears it all on his sleeve: his politics, his veganism, and his dreadlocks. And he talks about it in a grammar and spelling all his own. Kicking off Thursday evening at the Geneina Theater, the British-born … Continue reading

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Analyzing magic with Booker Prize winner Ben Okri

“Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world, English romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley once famously said. But what magic do words possess to bestow order to a chaotic world? Ben Okri’s visit to Cairo’s 41st International Book Fair – … Continue reading

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