Memories of a Meltdown
An Egyptian Between Moscow and Chernobyl
Mohamed Makhzangi was an Egyptian doctor studying in Kiev in April 1986 when the nuclear reactor exploded at Chernobyl, just 85 kilometres away. This book is his literary response, as an exile, to the tragedy of radiation and lies that befell the Soviet people.
A Modern Arabic Novel and Short Stories
Zakaria Tamer’s novella is narrated by a five-year-old boy who introduces his world: his house, the genie who lives in his bedroom and his best friend, the black stone wall. The Hedgehog is accompanied by 18 short, sharp stories. Translated by Brian O’Rourke and Denys Johnson-Davies.