By Margaret Atwood
Offred is a “Handmaid” in the Republic of Gilead. She has only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. Brilliantly conceived and executed, this powerful evocation of twenty-first century America explores a world in which oppression of women, and repression of the truth, have become justified.
لـ عبد الرحمن منيف
كتبت هذه القصص بين عامي 1969-1970 والتي كانت مرحلة تجريبية في حياة الكاتب عبد الرحمن منيف وامتحان أولي لممارسة الكتابة. حتى أن معظمها كتب قبل أي عمل روائي، في وقت كان مغرماً بقراءة القصة القصيرة. كانت هذه القصص تعيش في عقله ووجدانه، وقد تعود بذورها، لحوادث رآها بنفسه ولأشخاص عرفهم وعايشهم وتركت لديه ذلك الخدش الموجع.
By Franz Kafka
Kafka‘s nightmarish novels and short stories have come to symbolize modern man’s anxiety and alienation in a bizarre, hostile, and dehumanized world. This vision is most fully realized in Kafka’s masterpiece, “The Metamorphosis,” a story that is both harrowing and amusing, and a landmark of modern literature. Bringing together some of Kafka’s finest work, this collection demonstrates the richness and variety of the author’s artistry. “The Judgment,” which Kafka considered to be his decisive breakthrough, and “The Stoker,” which became the first chapter of his novel Amerika, are here included. These two, along with “The Metamorphosis,” form a suite of stories Kafka referred to as “The Sons,” and they collectively present a devastating portrait of the modern family.
لـ علاء الأسواني
في روايته “عمارة يعقوبيان” قدم علاء الدين الأسواني عملاً محكماً ودقيقاً، وجميلاً إلى حد كبير. وبداية فإن الروائي يكشف عن حس شعبي ينقه من روايات المثقفين التي تتخذ بطلها الرئيس من مثقفي شرائح الطبقة الوسطى وتجعل من عذابه وتردده موضوعها الأول، فالبطل الأول هو اللوحة العامة للظروف الاجتماعية والسياسية والثقافية التي مرت بها مصر في العقد الأخير من القرن العشرين، وتحديداً عشية وخلال حرب الخليج الثانية. وتصبح عمارة يعقوبيان التي بنيت عام 1934، مرآة، تتداخل وتتشابك على سطحها، إنسانياً وفكرياً، صور وبشر وعلاقات تسطع بالصلة الوثيقة بين قاع المجتمع وقمته.
لـ بدرية البشر
تاريخ نساء هذا البيت ولد من حكاية ولدت في فناجين القهوة. كل منهن لها حكاية في قلب فنجان، إن لم يجلبها الغيب معه صنعن هنّ الحكاية، يتداوين بها من مرّ الزمان، فتعطيب لهن الحكاية مع القهوة المرة. كل واحدة منهن خرجت من رحم حبة هيل طويلة، أودعت فيها حكايتها.
By Angie Thomas
Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.
By Ta-Nehisi Coates
Counting down the final days of the kingdom of Wakanda! As Zenzi and The People poison Wakanda’s citizens against the Black Panther, a cabal of nation-breakers is assembled. And Ayo and Aneka, the Midnight Angels, are courted to raise their land to new glory! His allies dwindling, T’Challa must rely on his elite secret police, the Hatut Zeraze, and fellow Avenger Eden Fesi, a.k.a. Manifold! And with T’Challa’s back truly against the wall, some old friends lend a hand: Luke Cage, Misty Knight and Storm! But Wakanda may be too far gone for this all-new, all-different crew — and there’s one job the Panther must handle alone. Only he can voyage into the Djalia! Getting there is hard enough, but can he even find his sister Shuri inside Wakanda’s collective memory?
By Ta-Nehisi Coates
T-Nehisi Coates takes the helm, confronting T’Challa with a dramatic upheaval in Wakanda that will make leading the African nation tougher than ever before. When a superhuman terrorist group that calls itself The People sparks a violent uprising, the land famed for its incredible technology and proud warrior traditions will be thrown into turmoil. If Wakanda is to survive, it must adapt–but can its monarch, one in a long line of Black Panthers, survive the necessary change? Heavy lies the head that wears the cowl!
By Virginia Woolf
Mrs. Dalloway is a novel by Virginia Woolf that details a day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway, a fictional high–society woman in post–World War I England. It is one of Woolf’s best–known novels. Created from two short stories, “Mrs Dalloway in Bond Street” and the unfinished “The Prime Minister,” the novel addresses Clarissa’s preparations for a party she will host that evening. With an interior perspective, the story travels forwards and back in time and in and out of the characters’ minds to construct an image of Clarissa’s life and of the inter–war social structure.
By Thomas More
In Utopia Thomas More painted a fantastical picture of a distant island where society is perfected and people live in harmony, yet its title means ‘no place’, and More’s hugely influential work was ultimately an attack on his own corrupt, dangerous times, and on the failings of humanity. Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves – and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives – and destroyed them.
By Carlo M. Cipolla
The stupid are all around us: they are in every place, in every class, ready to cause damage to others and naturally (they are stupid, are they not?) to themselves. The stupid form the most dangerous category of human beings. Woe betide those who underestimate them. The historian Carlo M. Cipolla wrote this essay in a constructive effort to detect, know, and thus possibly neutralize one of the most powerful, dark forces which hinder the growth of human welfare and happiness. And if it then proves impossible to save ourselves from stupidity, at least we can take vengeance by laughing at it.
By F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Gatsby is a novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald that was published in 1925. It follows Nick Carraway in the fictional town of West Egg in the summer of 1922. The story is about Nick’s neighbour; the young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his passion and obsession for Nick’s beautiful cousin Daisy Buchanan.