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Graphic Lit

from the February 2014 issue

The Apartment in Bab el-Louk

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© Donia Maher and Ganzeer. By arrangement with the authors. Translation © 2014 by Elisabeth Jaquette. English lettering by Salma Shamel. All rights reserved

Fiction

Donia Maher

Donia Maher is an Egyptian artist and writer. In 2010, she received a production award from al-Mawred al-Thaqafy (Culture Resource) for The Apartment in Bab el-Louk. She lives in Cairo. 

Ganzeer

Ganzeer, a graphic designer since 2005, has been involved in contemporary art since 2007 with a variety of exhibitions between Cairo, Germany, Holland, Poland, Italy, Brazil, USA, Emirates, and Amman. He has become most known outside of the typical art sphere for his street art and activism efforts throughout 2011. The Guardian of London has described Ganzeer as a major player in an emerging "counter-culture art scene on the mainstream radar," and Al-Monitor.com has placed him on a list of fifty people shaping the culture of the Middle East today. Art In America's C. Viveros-Faune has associated Ganzeer with today's "New Realism," a label attributed to an art-form responding to a host of global challenges connected to the majority of people outside the standard art bubble. 


Translated from Arabic by Elisabeth Jaquette

Elisabeth Jaquette is a translator from the Arabic, whose work includes Basma Abdel Aziz’s The Queue, Rania Mamoun’s Thirteen Months of Sunrise, and Adania Shibli’s Minor Detail. Her translations have been nominated for the Best Translated Book Award and TA First Translation Prize, and supported by a PEN/Heim and several English PEN Translates Awards. Elisabeth has taught translation at Bread Loaf Translators' Conference, among other places, and was a judge for the 2019 National Book Award in Translated Literature. She is also executive director of the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA).

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