Books I wish to read this summer:

1.) Egyptian journalist and activist, Mona Eltahawy’s ‘Headscarves and Hymens: Why The Middle East Needs A Sexual Revolution’.

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I listened to Mona Eltahawy’s speech in JLF 2016. As Elif Shafak, a Turkish author says, it is rare to find a female activist in the Muslim world who can write and talk about sexuality, including her own sexual experiences, so unflinchingly.

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2.) Second in my wishlist is The Colonel by Mahmoud Dowlatabadi, doyen of Iranian literature. I very much wanted to read his 3000 page saga of a Kurdish nomadic family, Kelidar. It is a ten-volume book that took fifteen years of preparing. Unfortunately I could not find this book in the book stores. But his another novel ‘The Colonel’ is availabale in the market. One more reason I want to read this book is that The Colonel was long-listed for Jan Michalski Prize 2013, along with my novel Zero Degree. And eventually, The Colonel won the prize.

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3.) ‘Drawing Blood’ by Molly Crabapple. Because critics say that she could be the Charles Bukowski of our times.

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