The Yacoubian Building

Alaa Al Aswany (Author)
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Description

August Book Sense Pick

A fading aristocrat and self-proclaimed 'scientist of women.' A purring, voluptuous siren. A young shop-girl enduring the clammy touch of her boss and hating herself for accepting the modest banknotes he tucks into her pocket afterward. An earnest, devout young doorman, feeling the irresistible pull toward fundamentalism. A cynical, secretly gay newspaper editor, helplessly in love with a peasant security guard. A roof-squatting tailor, scheming to own property. A corrupt and corpulent politician, twisting the Koran to justify taking a mistress.

All live in the Yacoubian Building, a once-elegant temple of Art Deco splendor slowly decaying in the smog and hubbub of downtown Cairo, Egypt. In the course of this unforgettable novel, these disparate lives converge, careening inexorably toward an explosive conclusion. Tragicomic, passionate, shockingly frank in its sexuality, and brimming with an extraordinary, embracing human compassion, The Yacoubian Building is a literary achievement of the first order.

Product Details

Price
$13.99  $12.87
Publisher
Harper Perennial
Publish Date
August 01, 2006
Pages
255
Dimensions
5.42 X 0.7 X 8.02 inches | 0.48 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780060878139
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About the Author

Alaa Al Aswany was born in 1957. A dentist whose first office was in the Yacoubian Building, Al Aswany has written prolifically for Egyptian newspapers across the political spectrum on literature, politics, and social issues.

Reviews

"Captivating and controversial .. . .an amazing glimpse of modern Egyptian society and culture."--New York Review of Books
"[A] hilarious, sensual, bawdy and beautiful novel."--Nerve
"...tremendously likable.... This vision of life connects high with low, rich with poor, through shared vices and needs."--San Francisco Chronicle