Kafa Al-Zou’bi

The Jordanian novelist Kafa Al-Zou’bi, born in 1965. She has left an indelible mark on the literary landscape. Graduating in Civil Engineering from Saint Petersburg University in Russia, her stay until 2006 offered a unique perspective amid the Soviet Union’s collapse.

Al-Zou’bi’s literary exploration delves into Arab and Russian identities, existentialism, and the Arab intellectual sphere. With five novels, her distinct narrative style shines. “Laila, the Snow and Ludmilla” (2007) delves into the Soviet Union’s dissolution and the interplay of Arab and Russian cultures, published in Russian in Moscow in 2010. “Go Back Home, Khalil” (2009) found its audience exclusively in Russian.

Her fifth novel, “Cold White Sun,” gained international acclaim. Earning a spot on the International Prize for Arabic Fiction shortlist in 2019 among 134 nominees. Despite success, it faced censorship in Jordan in 2018, sparking speculation within literary circles.

Beyond novels, Al-Zou’bi is an active journalist in Jordan and the Arab press. Residing in Amman, her prominence is acknowledged in Banipal, the Magazine of Modern Arab Literature. Featuring an essay on her literary influences and a translated excerpt from “Cold White Sun.”

Symposium debates at the 2015 Beirut International Book Fair revolved around her novels “S” and “Laila, the Snow and Ludmilla,” exploring their potential as feminist texts. Literary critic Ali Hassan Al-Fawaz contends that Al-Zou’bi’s work demands deep engagement with its symbolic and semiotic richness, transcending simple political interpretations.

Kafa Al-Zou’bi emerges as a significant figure in modern Arabic literature. Her narrative complexity and depth underscoring her profound impact on the literary world.

Books Written by Kafa Al-Zou’bi