Blue Aubergine tells the story of a young Egyptian woman, born in 1967, growing up in the wake of Egypt’s defeat of that year, and maturing into womanhood against the social and political upheavals Egypt experienced during the final decades of the twentieth century. Physically and emotionally scarred by her parents and the events of her childhood, Nada, ‘Blue Aubergine,’ fumbles through a series of desperate and ultimately failed search for tenderness and affection.
Critically acclaimed Egyptian author, Miral al-Tahawy was born in Sharqiya in the Egyptian Delta into a Bedouin family of the al-Hanadi tribe. The youngest of seven children, since 2011 she has been Assistant Professor of Arabic Literature and Middle East/Islamic Studies in the School of International Letters and Cultures (SILC) at Arizona State University. Her previous works The Tent (1998), Blue Aubergine (2002), Gazelle Tracks (2009), have collectively been translated into many languages.Brooklyn Heights won the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature when translated into English.