Map of Love by Ahdaf Soueif

On April 4th we met to discuss Ahdaf Soueif’s The Map of Love, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction in 1999.   Ahdaf Soueif’s The Map of Love is a massive family saga, a story that draws its readers into two moments in the complex, troubled history of modern Egypt. Soueif weaves an account of the consequences of British imperialism and the fierce political battles of the Egyptian Nationalists through the gorgeously romantic love story of Anna Winterbourne and Sharif al-Baroudi. Told through the voice of Amal, Sharif’s grandniece, Anna and Sharif’s story is echoed by the love affair between Isabel, their American great-granddaughter, and ‘Omar, Amal’s brother, set against the continuing political turmoil of the Middle East.

Adhaf Soueif is a political and cultural commentator, writer and translator.

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Iraqi In Paris by Samuel Shimon: English and Author’s Interview

The revised edition of An Iraqi in Paris: An Autobiographical Novel by Samuel Shimon has been published by Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing (BQFP), as a part of its series of publications listed for this year. Shimon, who is now resident in London is the co-founder and assistant editor of Banipal, the leading magazine of Arab Literature in English.

Those in the UK will have the opportunity to attend an interview with the author hosted by the Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation on Monday April 11th at the London Book Fair: Monday, April 11th from 3:30-4:30pm. For details email Safaa Marish at bqfp @

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