Ahlan wa sahlan!
Thank you for joining in with me in the Year of the Middle Eastern Reading Challenge (YMERC)!
As promised, I will begin each month with:
- A book or two by a Middle Eastern author
- A graphic novel by a Middle Eastern author and/or Middle Eastern illustrator
- A new Arabic song to listen to throughout the month
At the end of each month, I’ll post:
- My reviews on the books and graphic novels of the month
- A Middle Eastern movie or TV show that I enjoyed that month
To recap this month:
- The book of the month was The Morning they Came for Us: Dispatches from Syria. This novel is a war reportage account of the Syrian war. Read my review here.
- The graphic novel of the month was The Arab of the Future 2: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1984-1985: A Graphic Memoir #2 by Riad Sattouf. This follows Riad where Arab of the Future 1 left. Riad, now settled in his father’s hometown of Homs, gets to go to school, where he dedicates himself to becoming a true Syrian in the country of the dictator Hafez Al-Assad. Read my review here!
- This month’s Arabic song was Amr Diab’s Lealy Nahary. Amr Diab is an Egyptian singer, composer and actor. He has established himself as an acclaimed recording artist and author in most Mediterranean countries.
The Arabic show of this month is: al-Hayba (الهيبة)
I wasn’t able to watch it this month, but the reviews have been good. It’s a Syrian-Lebanese drama that came out Ramadan 2017, and it now on Netflix. It’s about a fictional Lebanese village on the Lebanese-Syrian border, and follows a weapons-smuggling family.
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*The beautiful blog graphic is done by liv_does.