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Here are two new publications translated from Arabic to English worth checking out.
Strange Incidents from History in the City of Mars
translated from the Arabic by Paul Starkey
A profoundly original debut from the highly acclaimed Egyptian writer
Youssef Rakha’s groundbreaking novel The Book of the Sultan's Seal was published in Egypt in February 2011, less than two weeks after then Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down following mass protests.
translated from the Arabic by Luke Leafgren
A brave and compelling novel on the ultimate consequences
of war and gender violence
Najwa Barakat’s Oh, Salaam! tells the story of three friends—an explosives expert, a sniper, and a torturer—whose lives are transformed by their involvement in a civil war in an unnamed Arab country, and by their relationship with the novel’s anti-heroine, Salaam. Two of the friends live to see the end of the war, but struggle to survive the arrival of peace and to make a life for themselves in a society that no longer has any use for ex-paramilitaries.
Whichever side of the Yes/No divide the UK public fell with respect to Scottish Independence, and of course, more importantly those who got a vote north of the border in Scotland itself, there were a number of positives to come out of the process, most notably, the incredibly high turnout of voters, a staggering 84.6%. This says everything about our freedom of democracy and how, when there is something that the public feel passionately enough about, they will ensure their voice is heard.