The Apartment in Bab El-Louk
Cairo, EG + Denver, CO + London, UK


Described as a “fabulous noir poem” by Arablit’s Marcia Lynx Qualey, The Apartment in Bab El-Louk was first published in Arabic by Dar Merit as a slim 40-page experiment of a book that ended up taking away the Kahil Award for Best Graphic Novel in 2015.

Translated to English by Elizabeth Jaquette, this new edition from Darf Publishers has been expanded to 84 pages, with meticulous art direction by Ganzeer.

“In just 84 pages, downtown Cairo comes to life in all its messy glory” wrote Bookblast.

Admittedly, it’s an odd little book that doesn’t quite fit any narrative or genre norms. But if you’re a fan of zines, artist-books, and/or travelogues with a bit of a crime noir flare, then The Apartment in Bab El-Louk just might be for you.

Buy it directly from Darf Publishers, Amazon UK, or ask your local bookshop to order it for you.

Paperback, 84 pages
5.5 x 0.2 x 8 in, 5ounces
Published by Darf Publishers
Language in English
ISBN  978-1850773061