Thursday, December 11, 2014

Snapshots from a Life: Egyptian Novelist Radwa Ashour, 1946-2014

A 1993 photo in Ashour’s office at the Department of English at Ain Shams University. Via Lobna Ismail.
"On good-byes, from Spectres: “Her husband stands on one side of the divider, she stands with her son on the other. They call the passengers for boarding. Her husband holds out his hand to say goodbye, she clutches at his hand, beginning to weep. Weeping breaks into sobbing. Her husband entreats her to cancel her trip and go back home with him. ‘We can postpone the journey,’ he says. She shakes her head, dries her tears, and proceeds with her son onto the plane.”

A beautiful tribute to a remarkable woman via

"Ahour was born in El-Manial. She graduated from Cairo University with a BA in 1967, and MA. in 1972, and from University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Ph.D. in African American Literature in 1975.[2] Her dissertation was titled: The search for a Black poetics: a study of Afro-American critical writings.[3] She teached at Ain Shams University, Cairo. She married Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti in 1970. She gave birth to her son, poet Tamim al-Barghouti, in 1977.
She won the 2007 Constantine Cavafy Prize for Literature.[4] She died on 30 November 2014"


  • 2010,الطنطوريه

As Editor

Encyclopaedia of Arab Women Writers, 1873-1999. American University in Cairo Press. 2008. ISBN 978-977-416-146-9.


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