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“Let Loose Your Tongue”

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A Roundtable on Basma Abdel Aziz’s The Queue.

Basma Abdel Aziz’s The Queue is one of the most exciting post-Revolution novels written in Egypt in the last few years; when Elisabeth Jaquette first reviewed the Arabic original, in 2013, she called it a novel which “illuminates how absolute authority distorts reality, mobilizes others in its service through fear and manipulation, and fails to uphold the rights of even those faithful to it”:

“A psychiatrist, artist, author, and researcher, Abdel Aziz has dedicated much of her writing to condemnations of Egypt’s security apparatus. In 2007 she published Beyond Torture, a psychological study of Egypt’s deep state. Her second book, The Temptation of Absolute Power, is a sociological and historical study exposing the effects of police violence on citizens in Egypt, and was serendipitously released a day before the revolution began in 2011. The Queue is a novel evocative of George Orwell’s dystopias, of Kafkaesque surrealism, and of the dark satire of Sonallah Ibrahim’s The Committee.”

Of course, for those of us who don’t read Arabic, we had to wait until Lissie translated it into English–now available from Melville House–and for my own part, I first heard of the novel because of Marcia Lynx Qualey’s tireless promotion of Arabic Literature in English (at her blog of the same name). See, for example, this interview “The Worst Thing Is That Publishers Are Scared, Too” or her “5 Reasons to Read Basma Abdel Aziz’s Terrifying, Hopeful, Dystopic Fantasy ‘The Queue.’

The following is an edited transcript of a discussion that Elisabeth Jaquette, Marcia Lynx Qualey, and I had, chatting about The Queue, “dystopic realism,” and Egyptian literature.

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