Jurji Zaydan is the focus of a four hour symposium at the Library of Congress as scholars from the Arab world, Europe and North America presented papers and discussed the life and work of the noted Arab novelist, journalist and publisher.
And ArabLit had a post (and a quiz!) on Zaydan yesterday, read a snippet:
“Zaidan felt that, in order for Egypt and the region to move forward, people must grapple with history. His works were neglected in English for nearly a hundred years, but now suddenly six are available in translation, just in time for his 151st birthday on 14 December.”
Now that one out of his 23 novels is translated, (Tree of Pearls, Queen of Egypt) it is among the five new Arab/ic books recommended to curl up with this winter.