Review: The Book Censor’s Library by Bothayna Al-Essa

translated by Ranya Abdelrahman and Sawad Hussain

original publication (in Arabic): 2023

this edition: Restless Books, 2024

grab a copy here or through your local independent bookstore or library

“Reading a book about reading books is like entering a hall of mirrors: the experience is at once fascinating and disturbing. Like other stories about books and writing, The Book Censor’s Library drags the reader into itself, claiming to be one kind of book but unexpectedly (and imperceptibly) turning into another. Even the title throws the reader off guard. Why would a book censor have a library? ….”

Read my review on Necessary Fiction.

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