And so began her long wanderings in search of Enayat El Zayat. As a bonus, you’ll hear Mersal read a passage from the book. El Zayat killed herself in 1963, four years before her book “Love and Silence” was finally published. The author Enayat al-Zayyat (1936-63) finished one novel, which was published in 1967. Al-Zayyat was also working on a second novel, based around the German Egyptologist Ludwig Keimar; you can read Isolde Lehnert on Keimar. Bulaq 48: On the Trail of Enayat al-Zayyat
Episode 48 of the Bulaq podcast launched this week — “Cold Trail” — with on Iman Mersal’s In the Footsteps of Enayat al-Zayyat:
In 1993, the Egyptian poet and writer Iman Mersal picked up an unknown novel by a forgotten writer from the 60s. Listen to the full episode at Sowt, or however you prefer your podcasts. Love and Silence (الحب و الصمت) was recently republished and is available on Google Play. Show Notes:
This episode focuses on Iman Mersal’s In the Footsteps of Enayat al-Zayyat (في أثر عنايات الزيات), published by Kotob Khan Books in late 2019. Mersal’s portrait of El Zayat is a remarkable work of research, empathy and imagination.