Bookworms, this is for you! We’ve nominated 6 of the best translated novels we’ve read, all of which you can find at the 2020 Cairo Book Fair.
1. Letters from Egypt by Lady Lucie Duff Gordon
Lady Duff-Gordon was an English author and translator who wrote as Lucie Gordon. She is best known for her Letters from Egypt and Last Letters from Egypt, which she wrote when she moved to Egypt after she contracted tuberculosis. Most of the letters were addressed to her husband and mother, describing Egyptian culture, religion, and customs.
Ibrahim Abdel Magid translated them into Arabic, and you can find the book in “Biet El Yassmien” for Publishing and Distribution in Hall 2, C29.
2. Dream Story by Arthur Schnitzler
“Dream Story” is a fascinating German novel that was translated by Samir Grace. It tells the story of married couple at the beginning of the twentieth century, and how their life changed after when their secrets were revealed.
You can find this book in Dar Al Karma in Hall 2, B18.
3. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
This novel is considered a semi-autobiographical, with the names of places and people changed. The protagonist’s descent into mental illness parallels Plath’s own experiences with what may have been clinical depression or bipolar II disorder. Plath died by suicide a month after its first UK publication.
The novel was into Arabic by Mysara Salah El-Deen and you can find it in “Biet El Yassmien” for Publishing and Distribution in Hall 2, C29.
4. Robert Stevenson’s Chosen Classics
A compilation of Robert Stevenson’s chosen classics, this book was translated to Arabic by Mahmoud Masoud.
You can find it at “Biet El Yassmien” for Publishing and Distribution in Hall 2, C29.
5. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Named one of the 100 most important novels in the twentieth century, Mrs. Dalloway should definitely be added to your 2020 reading list. You can buy it from “Biet El Yassmien” for Publishing and Distribution in Hall 2, C29.
6. A Sorrow Beyond Dreams by Peter Handke
Peter Handke is an Austrian novelist who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2019. He wrote this novel after his mother’s suicide and listed some parts of her biography.
You can find it in “Alarabi” for Publishing and Distribution in Hall 2, A13.