In 2014, ArabLit did a very popular “Year of Reading Arab Women.” A number of readers asked for a follow-up in 2015.
Here, nine acclaimed Arab women writers choose favorite novels by other Arab women writers.
>Recommendation from Mansoura Ezz Eldin
“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 an important exam…
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