A dark romance exposing the gaps in American identity politics, especially when exported overseas, If an Egyptian Cannot Speak English is at once ravishing and wry, scathing and tender. Told in alternating perspectives, Noor Naga's experimental debut examines the ethics of fetishizing the homeland and punishing the beloved . . . and vice versa. In our globalized twenty-first-century world, what are the new faces (and races) of empire? When the revolution fails, how long can someone survive the disappointment? Who suffers and, more crucially, who gets to tell about it?
Noor Naga is an Alexandrian writer who was born in Philadelphia, raised in Dubai, and studied in Toronto. She is the author of the verse-novel Washes, Prays (McClelland and Stewart, 2020).
- Publisher: Graywolf Press (April 12, 2022)
- Language: English
- Paperback: 192 pages
- ISBN-10: 164445081X
- ISBN-13: 9781644450819
- Item Weight: 9.3 ounces
- Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.65 x 8.2 inches