Spotlight on Women in Arabic Literature: The Book of Cairo (excerpt) The Other Balcony by Nahla Karam Translated by Andrew Leber

Today, we continue National Translation Month’s tradition of featuring Arab women writers in translation. We’re delighted to share an excerpt from the new collection of short stories The Book of Cairo edited by Raph Cormack and published by Comma Press in May 2019.

We selected The Other Balcony by Nahla Karam translated by the accomplished Andrew Leber, a short story that takes the reader inside two Cairene houses. Its love affair across a small alley is simultaneously a critique of the problems of gender in modern Egyptian relationships and a tale of an opportunity suddenly and inexplicably lost. We thought this story gave a good sense of life in Cairo and hope you’ll like it as much as we did.

We’d love to hear from you! Let us know how you like our posts, or attend, share, and spread the word about our readings. Open your heart to new experiences and the beauty of the world, and celebrate its cultures and new voices with us, using #NTM2019. Happy National Translation Month and happy reading!

Click HERE to read The Book of Cairo (excerpt) The Other Balcony by Nahla Karam Translated by Andrew Leber

—Claudia Serea and Loren Kleinman

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