Book Review

Amin Malouf’s Les Désorientés: The Unresolved Legacy of the Lebanese Civil War

An insurmountable grudge between friends stands in for the unresolved trauma of political violence in the story of an expatriate visiting his native Lebanon.
Mahfouz's Children of the Alley

Creating an Egyptian Identity: Mahfouz’s Children of the Alley

Naguib Mahfouz, one of Egypt’s most celebrated novelists, helped map out a continuous and coherent – albeit fictional – Egyptian identity that would have long-lasting reverberations in the Arab world.