In the Spider's Room: A Novel
A sensitive and courageous account of life as a gay man in Egypt and Winner of the 2019 Prix de la Littrature Arabe
Hani was out for an evening stroll near Cairos Tahrir Square when a heavy hand landed on his shoulder. An informant had identified him, and he was thrown into the back of a police truck. There began a seven-month nightmare as he was swept up, along with fifty other men, in the infamous Queen Boat affair that targeted Egypts gay community.¬†
Finally free, but traumatized into speechlessness, Hani writes down the events of his life his first sexual desires, his relationship with his mother, his marriage of convenience, and his passion for Abdel Aziz, the only man he ever truly loved.
In the Spiders Room is a bold tale of sexuality and persecution in contemporary Egypt.