This controversial bestselling novel in the Arab world reveals the political corruption, sexual repression, religious extremism, and modern hopes of Egypt today.
All manner of flawed and fragile humanity reside in the Yacoubian Building, a once-elegant temple of Art Deco splendor now slowly decaying in the smog and bustle of downtown Cairo: a fading aristocrat and self-proclaimed "scientist of women"; a sultry, voluptuous siren; a devout young student, feeling the irresistible pull toward fundamentalism; a newspaper editor helplessly in love with a policeman; a corrupt and corpulent politician, twisting the Koran to justify his desires.
These disparate lives careen toward an explosive conclusion in Alaa Al Aswany's remarkable international bestseller. Teeming with frank sexuality and heartfelt compassion, this book is an important window on to the experience of loss and love in the Arab world.
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The student's joy at his 'new, powerful, bounding spirit' and the 'fabulous, authentic and pure' atmosphere of the mosque are rendered without sensationalism or irony, which is all the more creditable given Islamists' fraught relations with liberal Egyptian intellectuals such as al Aswany.Feb 17 2007 | Read Full Review of The Yacoubian Building
AMAZON READER RATING: from 55 readers PUBLISHER: Harper Perennial (August 1, 2006) REVIEWER: Mary Whipple AMAZON PAGE: The Yacoubian Building AUTHOR WEBSITE: Wikipedia page on Alaa Al Aswany EXTRAS: Excerpt and an interview MORE ON MOSTLYFICTION: More books centered around a b...Jul 16 2009 | Read Full Review of The Yacoubian Building
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