Egyptian writer Muhammad Aladdin is the author of five novels and three short-story collections. In 2011, Akhbar al-Adab chose him as one of the most important Egyptian writers in the new millennium, and, in the same year, The Millions called him one of the ‘’Six Egyptian writers you don’t know but you should.” He talks about his fifth novel, which is just out, A Well-trained Stray:

كلب بلدي مدربArabLit: There’s lots of chatter online about your new novel, A Well-trained Stray, coming soon from Dar al-Ain. What sort of launch events will you be doing?

Muhammad Aladdin: We will have a book signing starting at 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 1, in Al A’in partition in the Cairo International Book Fair.

AL: What can you tell us about the novel beyond the online synopsis (young man writing stories online, issues with a girl, absurdity of the times)? What do…

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