The Yacoubian Building

The Yacoubian Building

Book - 2004
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The Yacoubian Building holds all that Egypt was and has become over the 75 years since its namesake was built on one of downtown Cairo's main boulevards. From the pious son of the building's doorkeeper and the raucous, impoverished squatters on its roof, via the tattered aristocrat and the gay intellectual in its apartments, to the ruthless businessman whose stores occupy its ground floor, each sharply etched character embodies a facet of modern Egypt? where political corruption, ill-gotten wealth, and religious hypocrisy are natural allies, where the arrogance and defensiveness of the powerful find expression in the exploitation of the weak, where youthful idealism can turn quickly to extremism, and where an older, less violent vision of society may yet prevail. Alaa Al Aswany's novel caused an unprecedented stir when it was first published in 2002 and has remained the world's best selling novel in the Arabic language since.
Publisher: Cairo ; New York : American University in Cairo Press, 2004
ISBN: 9774248627
Branch Call Number: FIC ASWANI
PJ7814.S926 I4213 2004
Characteristics: 253 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Davies, Humphrey T. (Humphrey Taman)


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Jun 28, 2013

Very good writing, fast-paced, tremendous insight into contemporary Egyptian life.

Jun 23, 2013

This best-selling Egyptian author is translated from Arabic. The book is set in modern Egypt, a snapshot of time just before the Arab Spring. The multiple story lines masterfully woven together reveal complex Egyptian society, narrowly focused and restricted by social customs. One wonders how the author would react to the Muslim Brotherhood's grip on the government, and their all too familiar activities meant to consolidate and make permanent their power.


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