Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

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  • Review of Using Life in Words Without Borders: "The attention and praise the book has since received, including a rave review by Zadie Smith in the New York Review of Books, are inevitably connected to these circumstances, but now that Using Life has been published in English we can see that they are fully earned by the author's exceptional work." -Mary Catherine Ford 

Using Life Cover

"Alan Moore meets Nahgib Mafouz in this exuberant, subversive novel by Egyptian writer Naji—who was jailed for his troubles...A fly-on-the-wall view of an Egypt few outsiders know and one that, in its insistence on unveiled expression, offers hope for a more democratic future." 

Black Rose of Halfeti

"This book takes delight in its study of tumultuous meditation. The protagonist’s descent into other people’s dreams and sweet interactions with impossible characters make for light and enjoyable reading."

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