人間失格 No longer human

Author:Osamu Dazai

Translator:Dr. Safaa Nour

Book info:2017 Cairo Dar Salama publish & distribution   ISBN: 9789775297174

This novel tells the story of a man who is addicted to sleeping pills,  is self conscious and whose relationships are defined by clinginess on his part since he cannot properly measure the distance between himself and others. He also suffers from low self-esteem attempted suicide several times.

It is said that this novel is Dazai’s biography and some say suicide note. It certainly includes some details from his life, such as the sexual abuse he suffered from an adult his early childhood which was probably the indirect cause of his early death, despite his superior talent for writing. This novel has been a best-seller since it was first published in 1948.

 

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The Housekeeper and the Professor (The Professor and His Beloved Equation)

Author: Yoko Ogawa

Translator:Khadar Aly Swid

Book info:2017 Lebanon Dar Alrafidain  ISBN: 9781773220710

 

Author: Yoko Ogawa

 

The story is about a mathematician (the Professor), who suffered brain damage after an accident – and his relations with a single mother, who becomes his housekeeper, and her son. While they might not be a family, they appreciate the talents and gifts God has given each of them and strive to complete what lacks in each other. The story reaffirms humanity and leaves the reader with a sense of comfort and reassurance. It received two literary awards and was translated into English, also being acclaimed overseas and turned into a film which was a big hit.