Closing of Meroe Bookshop

I learned today from this article in al-Baeed (which is, by the way, a fantastic Sudanese website for readers of Arabic) that Meroe bookshop in Khartoum is closing down. Apparently the rent is being raised and it cannot afford to pay it. It is quite likely that they¬†will move somewhere else and continue their work….

Al-Fayturi, Songs of Africa

At the Cairo book fair in the second hand tent there are a number of tables selling assorted books for 2 or 3 EGP. People spend hours (well I spent hours) getting their hands dusty by flicking through old Arabic paperbacks. This year one of the things I found was 1950s edition of al-Fayturi’s Songs…

Radio-Centrale

On Mark Lamarr’s God’s Jukebox (may Radio 2 bring it back one day), he used to remind the listeners that once radio waves were broadcast they would continue infinitely in to space. Somewhere out there, his Radio 2 broadcasts were bouncing around. A few light years¬†beyond them are the Soviet radio broadcasts that came to…

Perhaps there are still children who have not eaten men?

This is a post about two books: one found in the basement of Housman’s bookshop the other at Cairo book fair. Both were printed in Beijing (or Peking as it is called in these books). It is a collection of short stories by Lu Hsun published by the Foreign Languages press in both English and…

Lydia Pashkov and Abu Naddara: An Item?

Rather than spend a long time explaining the concept of this new blog, I start it with a post that I hope sums up its aims. Essentially, I want to collect a lot of interesting old pieces of paper (mostly in my possession) and try to expand a little on their stories and show why…