Breathtakingly subversive

—Yasmine El Rashidi, New York Review of Books

That Smell — a watershed in contemporary Egyptian fiction — combined with the author’s Notes from Prison in a single edition

That Smell & Notes from Prison

Fiction by Sonallah Ibrahim

Translated from the Arabic by Robyn Creswell

Edited by Robyn Creswell

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Sonallah Ibrahim

Egyptian activist and writer

Breathtakingly subversive

—Yasmine El Rashidi, New York Review of Books

Superbly austere… a comédie humaine of Nasserist Egypt in just fifty pages

—Robyn Creswell, The New Yorker

Bold, uncompromising writing.

—Frederick Deknatel, The Daily Beast

A controlled howl of fury.

—Jeremy Lybarger, Los Angeles Review of Books

Creswell’s new translation of That Smell finally allows English language readers to appreciate these qualities.

—Yasmine El Rashidi, New York Review of Books

Robyn Creswell’s translation of Ibrahim’s exhilaratingly bleak novel gives English readers a new classic of mid-century existentialism and, at the same time, a window onto an Egypt too few of us have glimpsed in literature or elsewhere.

—Benjamin Kunkel

The pervasive moral corruption of Nasser’s Egypt seeps up between the lines of Ibrahim’s seemingly affectless prose. A landmark in Egyptian literature

—J. M. Coetzee