The Refugee Crisis Center-Stage
The Jungle, a play by two British writers, Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson, grapples with the two sides of life in the camp near Calais, France, in equal measure harsh and hopeful. After some months working there as volunteers, they created this drama—originally performed in the camp by its refugee inhabitants.
April 9, 2019
Writing as Fast as Reality
A master craftsperson, Ali Smith seems to be completely liberated from ideas of what a novelist should be or do.
by Ali Smith
by Ali Smith
November 22, 2018 issue
What We Learned in Tahrir
Jehane Noujaim’s documentary about the Egyptian uprising, The Square, shows how a minority of exceedingly righteous idealists, somewhat privileged, are now fighting a growing majority who increasingly opt for stability over the more ambitious political goals to which the revolution first aspired.
December 11, 2013
September 26, 2013 issue
Egypt in the Raw
After discovering Hemingway in an Egyptian prison, the young novelist Sonallah Ibrahim set out to capture the reality of Egyptian oppression on everyday life and transformed Arabic literature in the process. Now, his breathtakingly subversive first novel, That Smell, has been published in English in a brilliant new translation by Robyn Creswell.
April 3, 2013
Egypt: The Hidden Truth
Government ministries keep going even when they no longer exist
August 16, 2012 issue
Egypt: The Mayhem
From their position as the apparent protectors of last year’s revolution, Egypt’s military rulers have been pushed into increasingly brutal confrontations with civilians—at Maspero in October, during the run-up to elections in November, and most recently, during a week of mayhem in mid December. Peaceful protesters are arbitrarily being arrested and thrown in jail; and the army’s estrangement from the activists who led the revolution is visible in the newly-erected concrete walls that sever downtown streets to separate its forces from the people. These spasms of violence, as important to the future of Egypt as the outcome of elections, often seem to have a logic of their own; December’s episode was set off by a chain of events few could have predicted.
January 4, 2012