That Smell and Notes from Prison

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5.1 X 7.9 X 0.4 inches | 0.3 pounds
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About the Author

Born in Cairo in 1937, Sonallah Ibrahim studied law at Cairo University and was imprisoned in 1959 for his political activities. After his release he spent several years abroad and returned in 1974 to Cairo, where he has lived ever since. In 2004 he was awarded -- and pointedly declined -- the Egyptian government's prestigious Novelist of the Year prize.
A critic, translator, and scholar, Robyn Creswell is currently the poetry editor for the Paris Review and assistant professor of comparative literature at Yale.


Bold, uncompromising writing.
A controlled howl of fury.--Jeremy Lybarger
The pervasive moral corruption of Nasser's Egypt seeps up between the lines of Ibrahim's seemingly affectless prose. A landmark in Egyptian literature.--J. M. Coetzee
Robyn Creswell has knocked it out of the park with his translation of Sonallah Ibrahim's modern Egyptian classic.--Lorin Stein
One of the Arab world's most distinguished novelist... an intellectual who thoroughly understands the price and value of freedom.--Sarnia Mehrez
Since the 1960s, Sonallah Ibrahim has been Egypt's literary voice of political conscience.
That Smell is not just a story, it is a revolution, the beginning of which is the artist's rebellion against himself.--Yusuf Idris
That Smell marks a significant entry into the diminutive collection of Arabic literature translated into English, providing a dramatic new view of literature to American readers who otherwise see hardly any of it.--Yasmine El Rashidi