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Frankfurt files
In this issue of the Books Supplement, Al-Ahram Weekly announces the first instalment in a series of biographical and bibliographical information files dedicated to contemporary Arab authors. Compiled by Weekly staff, the series will provide the non Arabic-speaking reader with essential information on some of the Arab world's principal literary figures of the last century, bringing the picture up to date with profiles of new voices emerging on the Arab literary scene and reviews of their work. --read on--

Abdel Rahman Munif
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Arab citizen par excellence
Mona Anis reviews the life and career of a writer who had roots in half a dozen Arab countries and who belonged to the entire region

The novel: a homeland and a passion
In 1998, Abdel Rahman Munif was awarded the prize of the Cairo first International Conference on the Arab Novel. Below are excerpts from his acceptance address

Like him, like me
La Ta'tadhir 'Amma Fa'alt (Don't Apologise for what you Did), Mahmoud Darwish, Beirut: Riad El-Rayyes Books, 2004. pp170

No, thank you
The Ordinary Person's Guide to Empire, Arundhati Roy, London: Flamingo, 2004. pp160

India interrogated
The Burden of Democracy, Pratap Bhanu Mehta; Language as an Ethic, Vijay Nambisan; Roots of Terrorism, Kanti P. Bajpai; New Delhi: Interrogating India Series, Penguin India, 2003. pp178, 182 & 181, respectively

New writings: Of twins and troubles
- Ibtesamaat Al-Qiddiseen (The Saints' Smiles), Ibrahim Farghali, Cairo: Miret for Publication and Information, 2004. pp164 - Ain Al-Qott (Cat's Eye), Hassan Abdel-Mawgoud, Cairo: Miret for Publication and Information, 2004. pp106

At a glance
A shorthand guide to recent publications compiled by Mahmoud El-Wardani

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