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Read EMISSARIES Short Stories, Meet Author Youssef Rakha, July 2, 1 pm EST

July 2, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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Emissaries is the new collection of short stories by renowned Egyptian author Youssef Rakha. Many of the stories have appeared previously in journals from the UK, US and the Middle East region. In these Cairo-focused stories written at the height of the Arab Spring, in its wake and its ruins, the reader is led by a colorful cast of characters through a hypnagogic urbanscape pulsating with the specters of post-political Islam and failed revolution.

Writes TMR reviewer Zein El-Amine, “I have not read many works by Arab American writers writing in English, but Rakha’s collection is original, irreverent, and provocative. What engages one most in reading his stories is the language he employs. Even though he is referencing Western pop culture and writers throughout the book, his voice is original. In wielding such prose, Rakha is a pied piper leading the reader into his rabbit holes. The consistency in that voice and the recurring motifs in the book make for a solid read.” Read the review. Get the audio book. Print.

We will meet to discuss these stories on Sunday, July 2nd, at 1 pm Eastern/19:00 CET. To attend, email books@themarkaz.org.

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July 2, 2023
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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