Can Khartoum Reclaim Its Reputation As An Arabic Literature Capital? "These are hard times for bookstores everywhere, of course. ... But there is more at work here, in a city long famous as a big market for Arabic writers. Books and reading are embedded profoundly in Khartoum's self-image and the country's history, and there is growing worry that the collapse of book culture is a direct mirror of the country's overall decline."
The New York Times 09/18/13