“The only language of loss left in the world is Arabic.” – Agha Shahid Ali

Youssef Rakha is an Egyptian writer who works in both Arabic and English. His first novel to be written in English, The Dissenters, is forthcoming with Graywolf Press in 2025. His collection of short stories, Emissaries, is out with Barakunan, London. He lives with his family in Cairo.

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Youssef Rakha
Author of essays, poems, and novels. In Arabic and English. therakha.net