BULAQ | بولاق

BULAQ | بولاق

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We wandered through Arabic poetry and prose to talk about many different forms of literary love: regretful love, unreciprocated love, bad love, vengeful love, liberating love, married love.  We read this poem by Núra al-Hawshán:  “O eyes, pour me the clearest, freshest tears And ...  Show more

Should You Turn Down That Literary Award?

It’s literary prize season! When the Sawiris Cultural Awards were announced at the start of 2023, novelist Shady Lewis Botros turned his novel award down, launching a storm of criticism, defense, and discussion. Is it bad manners or good politics to turn down a prize? How do diff ...  Show more