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Plus de 150.000 visiteurs à la Foire du Livre du Caire

Plus de 150.000 visiteurs à la Foire du Livre du Caire | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Kuwait was the guest of honour at the fair, which opened to the public from January 22nd to February 6th, while the featured author was the late Egyptian writer Taha Hussein.

"Turnout at this year's fair has exceeded expectations in light of the prevalent security conditions," said Mahmoud Junaid, a supervisor at the General Book Authority who served on the fair's organising committee.

Tight security measures ensured the fair went off without incident, he told Al-Shorfa, while the strong turnout was "a pleasant sight for visitors, organisers and publishers alike".

This year's fair drew 755 publishers from 24 countries; 518 from Egypt, 210 from Arab countries and 27 foreign publishers, he said, as well as 92 used booksellers from al-Azbakeya.

In addition to book sales, the fair included dozens of book signing events and seminars and featured new titles by several Egyptian and Arab writers as well as cultural, literary, poetic, artistic and cinematic evenings. There also were cultural events organised by the General Authority for Cultural Palaces, the most prominent of which honoured the late poet Ahmed Fouad Najm.

Book sales at this year's fair exceeded last year's by 60%, said Mahmoud Sharaf, an accountant at one of the exhibiting publishing houses.

"The majority of publishing houses have resorted to reducing prices of their new publications and offering discounts of up to 50% in order to encourage visitors to spend money, which has actually driven sales up," he said.

Book prices at the fair ranged between one Egyptian pound and 2,000 pounds ($0.15 and $287) for literary and scientific encyclopaedias, he said.

"Demand was up this year for biographies of politicians, stories and novels as well as religious books penned by moderates, satirical literature and of course textbooks," Sharaf added.

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"Clouds over Alexandria", by Ibrahim Abdelmeguid

"Clouds over Alexandria", by Ibrahim Abdelmeguid | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
In "Clouds over Alexandria", Ibrahim Abdelmeguid completes his trilogy about Alexandria, begun with No-one Sleeps in Alexandria and Birds of Amber. In these three novels - which can be read as a sequence or individually - he describes life in the famous city, beginning in an era of openness to the wider world and ending at a time of closure to outside influences. The events of the novel take place in the 1970s, when the cosmopolitan spirit which has characterised the city throughout history has disappeared. In place of the melting pot of ethnicities, religions and cultures comes intolerance and hatred, destroying Alexandria’s secular traditions. The city occupies a large portion of the imaginary space of the novel, in which the characters play out their parts to reveal the social and religious crisis of a city now bereft of its free spirit.

Ibrahim Abdelmeguid is a writer from Alexandria, Egypt, born in 1946. He obtained a BA in Philosophy from Alexandria University in 1973 and left Alexandria to live in Cairo in 1975. He is the author of 14 novels and five short story collections. He also writes articles on literature and politics. His novels include: The Other Place (2004), The House of Jasmine (2005), The Hunter and the Doves (2006) and The Threshold of Pleasure (2007). He has also published a book about the Egyptian revolution, Days of Tahrir (2011). Four of his novels have been translated into French and five into English, as well as other languages. He received both the Egyptian State Prize for Literature and the Sawiris Prize for his novel In Every Week there is a Friday (2009). Some of his work has been adapted for television and film. 
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Foire internationale du Livre du Caire : histoire et défis

Foire internationale du Livre du Caire : histoire et défis | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Despite the protests planned for the 25 January revolution's third anniversary, and consequent security concerns, the Cairo International Book Fair opens its doors for the 45th round on 22 January.

 

Angry demonstrations in Egypt's tumultuous years following the January revolution were detrimental to the annual Cairo International Book Fair. Yet, the largest cultural event in Egypt is determined to plough ahead.

Located in Cairo's volatile Nasr City neighbourhood -- where violent clashes between security forces and the Muslim Brotherhood have regularly erupted -- this third book fair since the 2011 revolution is likely to face even more uncertainty.

Observers and experienced book fair admirers know quite well that the Cairo International Book Fair isn't just an opportunity to sell books, exchange sales and copyrights, or even a chance to network. The book fair has traditionally played a significant role in political life – as evidenced by the extent of media and government focus directed towards it.

The Cairo International Book Fair stands out because it has been the scene of demonstrations by opposition and intellectuals, the Muslim Brotherhood after Friday prayers, the Cultural Café forum that hosts intellectuals and political figures, plus significant religious presence in numerous forms.

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Vers un lent naufrage

Vers un lent naufrage | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Par Doaa Elhami et Dina Kabil
Le Salon du Livre du Caire traverse des années difficiles. Aux problèmes sécuritaires s'ajoutent une crise des ventes et d'importantes lacunes d'organisation. L'avenir de cetévénement s'annonce morose. 
« Le lendemain de l’ouverture officielle du Salon du livre, 60 000 billets d’entrée avaient été vendus, sans compter les invitations », assure Naglaa Fathi, attachée de presse du GEBO, l’Organisme général égyptien du livre. Hormis vendredi 24 janvier, jour de l’explosion d’une voiture piégée devant la direction de la police du Caire, « qui fut la journée la moins fréquentée en 45 années du Salon », l’affluence se porte bien, affirment les responsables.

Pourtant, cette vision optimiste est loin de correspondre à l’affluence réelle au sein des rayons, pavillons et terrains d’exposition. « La densité de clientèle a fortement baissé après la révolution du 25 janvier 2011 », note Adel Kamel, responsable de marketing à Dar Al-Kotob wal Wassaëq Al-Qawmiya, la maison du livre égyptienne.

Les conditions économiques et sécuritaires fragiles affectent gravement la tenue du Salon depuis 2011. Même les visiteurs, qui considéraient le Salon comme un lieu de sortie familiale, loin de son aspect littéraire, sont devenus timides.

Le manque de sécurité n’est pourtant pas le seul facteur. L’organisation laisse à désirer. Les visiteurs sont perdus. « Les pavillons des pays arabes et européens sont mal placés, dissimulés derrière d’autres. Il n’y a pas de pancartes, pas de logique dans la disposition de stands ... », regrette Yasser Fathi, représentant du Centre culturel italien.

Vers un lent naufrage ...
Face à ces lacunes, la vente des livres est gravement touchée, quel que soit le secteur d’édition. Pour les responsables de la Bibliotheca Alexandrina, le Salon est une occasion unique pour vendre leurs collections de livres aux maisons d’édition ou aux librairies. Cette année, la Bibliotheca n’a reçu aucune demande.

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Un nouveau livre du journaliste Mounir Adib: "L'athéisme : entre les idées des athées et leur migration."

Un nouveau livre du journaliste Mounir Adib: "L'athéisme : entre les idées des athées et leur migration." | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Ce sujet est souvent mal compris par beaucoup d'Egyptiens. 
L'ouvrage tente d'interpréter le phénomène, sa prolifération et la relation entre la rébellion politique et la rébellion religieuse, un concept qui a émergé après la révolution du 25 Janvier. 
Il aborde l'athéisme d'une manière différente, présentant des exemples de personnes qui ont eu des doutes, mais ont choisi finalement de devenir croyantes.
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By Sherif al-Dawakhly
A new book by journalist Mounir Adib, a specialist in Islamic movements, was released under the title "Atheism: Between the Ideas of Atheists and their Migration."

The 185-page book penetrates the world of atheists, a topic unfamiliar and often misunderstood by many Egyptians.

It attempts to interpret the phenomenon, its proliferation and the relationship between political rebellion and religious rebellion, a concept that has emerged after the 25 January revolution.

The book addresses atheism in a different manner, presenting examples of people who had doubts, but chose to become believers in the end. 

The author does not tackle the ideology of atheism except in one chapter that is allotted to refute some of its beliefs. He also presents debates between atheists and believers. 

In that sense, the book is not a mere refutation of atheism, which may discourage the doubtful or atheists from reading it.

Adib said that shedding light on social phenomena helps us understand them and brings people with conflicting ideas closer to one another through dialogue. 

He added that atheists claim that they have a large following in Egypt, but there is no precise count due to religious and social restrictions that prevent open discussion about this phenomenon. 

Egyptian research centers have left statistics relating to the issue to foreign centers.

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Egypt book blasts Brotherhood, becomes best-seller

Egypt book blasts Brotherhood, becomes best-seller | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

An Egyptian lawyer whose dissenting voice got him thrown out of the Muslim Brotherhood examines what he calls the group's hidden radicalism in a book that has become a best-seller in Cairo.

Tharwat al-Khirbawy's "Secret of the Temple" has been dismissed by Brotherhood leaders as part of a smear campaign.

But its success points to a deep mistrust harboured by some Egyptians towards a once-outlawed movement that has moved to the heart of power since Hosni Mubarak was toppled and its candidate secured the presidency.

In its 12th print run since November, the book is being sold in upmarket shops and on street corners, pointing to a thirst for information about a group whose inner workings remain a mystery months after President Mohamed Mursi came to power.

Expelled from the group a decade ago, Khirbawy says he aims to expose dictatorship and extremism inside the Brotherhood. In the process, he has joined a media war being waged to shape views in Egypt's deeply polarised political landscape.

Asked to comment on the book, one senior Muslim Brotherhood leader dismissed its content as "fallacies". Another said that to comment on such a book would be a waste of time.

"I want to make all people know the reality about the Brotherhood," Khirbawy said in an interview with Reuters.

 

Khirbawy sees the way he was kicked out of the Brotherhood as an illustration of the group's authoritarian streak.

He was disciplined in 2001 at a "Brotherhood court" for publishing three articles that criticised the group for not engaging with other opposition parties - a criticism still levelled at the Brotherhood today. "The Brotherhood does not know the virtue of differences of opinion," he said.

 

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