May 25, 2016

Basma Abdel Aziz (The Queue) at CUNY Middle East Center in conversation with Yasmine El Rashidi

Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Ave., at 34th St.
New York, NY 10016


Yasmine El Rashidi will lead a conversation with Abdel Aziz about her novel, The Queue, the human rights situation for dissidents and writers in Egypt, and writing fiction in the aftermath of the Arab Spring.

Basma Abdel Aziz is an Egyptian writer and psychiatrist who works in the General Secretariat of Mental Health and at Cairo’s El Nadeem Center for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence, which was raided and ordered to close by the government earlier this year. She has long been a vocal critic of government oppression in Egypt in her journalism and nonfiction (including Beyond Torture and The Temptation of Absolute Power). She lives in Cairo. The Queue is translated from the Arabic by Elisabeth Jaquette.

Yasmine El Rashidi is a 2015/16 Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library. She is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books, and the author of The Battle for Egypt, Dispatches from the Revolution. Her debut novel, Chronicle of a Last Summer, will be published in June.

Event starts at 6:30 PM. For more info, click here.