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[Novel] The Road to Shamawes ⑦

[Novel] The Road to Shamawes ⑦

[11] On the way back home Khodeir drives slowly along Cairo’s busy streets with elevated bumps, repeating his familiar sentence: “Cairo his become just a big bump with a million children who play with our cars. As he drives fast along the Nile, Donia asks herself: “What attracts me to Emad? I didn’t have time […]

[Novel] The Road to Shamawes ⑥

[Novel] The Road to Shamawes ⑥

[9] Donia bought some pancakes from the cafeteria opposite the College of Fine Arts and ate them on her way to the art hall before going to the Hanager gallery in Gezeira, then goes back home for an early dinner or late lunch with her father. A slim girl, looking like a porcelain doll with […]

[Novel] The Road to Shamawes ⑤

[Novel] The Road to Shamawes ⑤

[7] Near Shamawes, and on the road to Tura, small groups of gypsies live in canvas and tin slums. Nothing shows they are alive except the lean animals grazing near them, some dogs which bark at night and a few she-goats’ bleatings. You see them in the village of Shamawes collecting garbage. They may be […]

[Novel] The Road to Shamawes ④

[Novel] The Road to Shamawes ④

[5] A whole day may pass without seeing her. He gets up early in the morning, according to his thirty – year biological clock. He waits to her in the horizon cross the green path on her way back from the village of Shamawes. She cuts her heart, as a knife cuts a ripe fruit, […]

[Novel] The Road to Shamawes ③

[Novel] The Road to Shamawes ③

[3] Crossing the doorstep of the Orchard villa on my way out, I looked for the driver who was waiting on the paved road. As he saw me he threw the cigarette but conspicuously perhaps to show me that he did that for my sake. As soon as we sat in the car he began […]

[Novel] The Road to Shamawes ②

[Novel] The Road to Shamawes ②

[1] The air streams through the car window. I sat in the back seat. I was confused, not knowing where to look. The Nile is on the right with a long corniche as old as time; Cairo’s buildings on the left, with varying spaces in between as well as heights. There is a boat on […]

[Novel] The Road to Shamawes ①

[Novel] The Road to Shamawes ①

*Editor’s note: We start to carry “The road to Shamawes,” a novel written by Egyptian novelist Ashraf Aboul-Yazid, in series. The novel was originally written in Arabic, and translated into Korean and English. The novelist, now working as a journalist in Kuwait, also serves as the editor of the Arabic version of The AsiaN. Shamawes is not a real place; […]

Farming Words

Farming Words

As a young boy, I used to visit my grandfather’s village. There, my stay was a mixture of enjoying nature and tracing folk stories. I still remember the magical green carpet of fields, where everything flying over was white; the flocks of cotton travelling the pages of the blue sky’s book, the birds of cattle […]

No. 52 – 23 January 2013

No. 52 – 23 January 2013

Dear friend The AsiaN is in the midst of researching and discussing major topics to be dealt with during this year. For example, we are seeking how to address and propose solutions to issues such as women’s and children’s rights, labor and management conflict, etc. We are also pondering ways to promote the better understanding […]

Ashraf Aboul-Yazid signs “the Memory of Silence” in Mumbai Poetry Festival

Ashraf Aboul-Yazid signs “the Memory of Silence” in Mumbai Poetry Festival

In Mumbai, 22nd and 23rd April 2017, a Paperwall Media and Publishing Initiative hosts its Mumbai Poetry Festival in the New Library Hall, in Mumbai- a city of dreams. PMP has been a part of the publishing industry for the past 25 years. It began in 1992 with Abhidha, a journal dedicated to Marathi poetry, which […]

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