A noir poem set in downtown Cairo, The Apartment in Bab el-Louk is a vignette of observations and thoughts of a recluse who peeps through their window at men yelling in the street or scurries through their neighborhood when needed.
Damn. This was fantastic.
This month's spotlight is on Deena Mohamed, comic artist, illustrator, and designer.
"It was about time the world saw Egypt not through a Western lens, but through an authentically Egyptian one."
A wonderful read! I felt like I was listening to my baba's stories from his childhood in Syria...
Graphic novels are an intriguing way to showcase flavor, culture, history, and humanity. They're typically more digestible in one sitting than novels, and can have alluring artwork that features not just an artist's style, but the culture they represent. Here are some graphic novels that feature Arab culture and created by Arab-x authors and/or illustrators.
Ahlan wa sahlan! Thank you for joining in with us in the Year of the Middle Eastern Reading Challenge (YMERC).
"We’re all living in one big cage...The cage is open, but nobody leaves…We all have to leave the cage together."
A spooky graphic novel with minimalist illustrations that are symbolic of depression.
If there was a musical equivalent, it would be a hint of Myrkur's haunting vocals coupled with the feel of the moors in Wuthering Heights.