This is probably one of the coolest photos I have ever seen for someone reading The Bride of Amman. Thank you Ferran for tweeting this!
The Bride of Amman is finally out in English and I am more than happy and thankful for the endorsement of the following wonderful people. I am honoured for their words.
1. Hanan Al Sheikh, author of Women of Sand and Myth, The Story of Zahra, and One Thousand and one Nights:
2. Shereen El Feki, author of Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World.
3. Matthew Weinart, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Political Science & International Relations Department, University of Delaware:
4. George Azzi, gender and sexual rights activist, co-founder of AFE and Helem:
5. Fadia Faqir, author of Willow Trees Don’t Weep:
6. Wafa AlKhadra, Professor at American University of Madaba, Jordan:
7. Nermeen Murad, Chief of Party of USAID Takamol Gender Program; writer, columnist, gender and human rights advocate:
8. Saba Mubarak, Jordanian Actress and Producer:
9. Madian Al Jazeera, owner of the books@cafe, Amman Jordan:
10. Sridhar Rangayan, film maker and activist, Mumbai, India
I can’t believe that this is finally happening. The English translation of “Aroos Amman” is finally ready and up for pre-orders. It is already out there on Amazon.com (paperback)! and a publishing date is set on 21th July. I am so happy about the translation and so thankful for Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp who has done a great job in brining my written words into English. I am also very thankful for my publisher (signal8press) for the great work put into ensuring best quality of the English production. It was a long process but I enjoyed working with both of them and witnessed them shaping what I thought to be a good book even better.
When I first started blogging in 2006, I wanted to communicate issues of sexual and body rights that were not addressed by traditional media at the time. I could see how our cultural heritage and obsession in regulating sexuality is making an already tough life due to economical conditions even tougher. I wanted to open missed debates around these issues in hope of change. Few years down the road, I was able to collect my thoughts into a full story, a novel that came out in January 2012. At the time, I didn’t anticipate this success of Aroos Amman, and didn’t anticipate the huge amount I received. People seem to be fed up with the old doctrine that limits their body and sexual freedoms. They are happy to see someone bringing it up right front and are ready to fight for it themselves.
Today with the book coming out to English, I am hoping for a wider reach that could trigger even bigger change.
Thank you all for your love and support.
I dedicate this book to Arab young men and women: those who are struggling to conform, those who are fighting for autonomy over their own bodies, and those advocating for sexual rights.
This summer, Fadi Zaghmout’s debut novel, The Bride of Amman, will be released in English, trans. Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp:
Read full article on Arablit blog:
نشرت صحيفة العرب الصادرة من لندن يوم الجمعة الماضي مجموعة من آراء القراء في رواية عروس عمان في القسم الثقافي للصحيفة. الآراء المنشورة بطريقة جميلة نقلت عن صفح الرواية على موقع جود ريدز. الغريب أن الصحيفة اختارت الغلاف القديم للطبعة الأولى للرواية وأضافت اسم دار النشر السابقة في حين صدرت الطبعة الثالثة من الرواية عن دار جبل عمان ناشرون قبل أسبوع في عمان.