Latifa al-Zayyat’s The Search: Personal Papers is a translation of her, 7amlat taftish: Awraq shakhsiyya. We will read it together with Sonallah Ibrahim’s That Smell. You are required to read only one of the books, but they work together well.
Both works are elliptical autobiographies, both work centre upon the authors’ time spent in prison as political prisoners, both were communists.
Some resources on Zayyat and The Search: