Midnight in Cairo: The Divas of Egypt's Roaring '20s

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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.4 X 9.5 X 1.2 inches | 1.4 pounds

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About the Author
Raphael Cormack is an assistant professor of Arabic at the Durham University. He was previously a visiting researcher at Columbia University in the City of New York and holds a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. His most recent publication was Midnight in Cairo: The Divas of Egypt's Roaring 20s (2021). He has also edited two collections of Arabic short stories translated into English, The Book of Khartoumand The Book of Cairo.
A book full of surprises. A lively story of women shaping gender, class, money, and national liberation.--Ahdaf Soueif, author of Cairo: Memoir of a City Transformed
Social changes come about because people begin to reimagine everyday life. Raphael Cormack offers an intimate view of a place and a time when entertainment and politics were part of the same story: a Middle Eastern society's wrestling with the possibility of reinvention.--Charles King, author of Midnight at the Pera Palace
An utterly unique book, teeming with vividly recounted stories, at times hilarious and at times tragic. These were true feminists avant la lettre who defied the societal norms and authorities of their time, both in Egypt and abroad. This inspiring gem of a book gripped me from beginning to end.--Hanan al-Shaykh, author of Women of Sand and Myrrh
Important, insightful, and fascinating...Cormack highlights an important period in Egypt's modern history--almost unknown in the West--when its cosmopolitan culture was characterized by a tolerance of all races and religions...This is a must-read.--Alaa Al Aswany, author of The Yacoubian Building
Beguiling and original--an unexpected story of powerful women and their no less powerful voices--on stage and behind the scenes.--Marina Warner, coeditor of Scheherazade's Children: Global Encounters with the Arabian Nights
Packed with pizzazz and fizzing with naughtiness, Midnight in Cairo is a thrilling reminder of the richness and wonder of Egyptian culture in the roaring '20s. Raphael Cormack plunges into the cafés, clubs, and cabarets of Cairo to put the leading ladies of Egyptian nightlife back where they belong: center stage.--Justin Marozzi, author of Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood
Evoking large music halls and intimate cabarets, the air scented by Turkish hashish, throats lined with whisky and late nights fueled by cocaine, Midnight in Cairo is also the story of the struggles in Egypt for women's rights and against colonialism, for independence, suffrage and a New Egypt. Cairo's theatrical demimonde resisted and rebelled as enthusiastically as they entertained.--Paul French, best-selling author of Midnight in Peking