Mansoura Ez Eldin, Carrying the Mantle of Edgar Allan Poe in Egypt

Arabic Literature (in English)

Writer-translator Ahmed Salah Eldein reflects on the art of Mansoura Ezz Eldin and discusses her art and views on life and writing:

By Ahmed Salah Eldein

ahmedmansoura Ahmed Salah Eldein talks with Mansoura Ezz Eldin.

The first time I heard the word uncanny dates back to 1992, when I had a course in short stories. We studied different samples of uncanny stories, those both very familiar and at the same time weird and frightening. The idea goes to the heart of the very real world.

Reading Mansoura Ez Eldin’s story “Gothic Night,” I immediately remembered the uncanny in Edgar Allan Poe, particularly “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” and “The Black Cat.”  As in other of Poe’s stories, terror is created within an ordinary context. To the secure domestic milieu is introduced something that arouses fear, and thus the familiar becomes unfamiliar by the appearance of something alien.

Although postmodernist, the Egyptian…

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