The Queue

The Queue

Author: Basma Abdel Aziz

Translator: Elisabeth Jaquette

Original language: Arabic

Published by: Melville House UK, May 2016

In an unnamed Middle Eastern city, a centralized authority known as The Gate has risen to power in the aftermath of the Disgraceful Events, a failed popular uprising. Citizens must obtain permission from the Gate for even the most basic of their daily affairs, yet the building never opens, and the queue in front of it grows longer and longer.

Written with dark, subtle intelligence, The Queue describes the sinister nature of authoritarianism, and illuminates the way that absolute authority manipulates information, mobilizes others in service to it, and fails to uphold the rights of even those faithful to it.