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TAXI

"A book to make you feel guilty you ever tried to bargain down a cab fare in any poor country." -Chicago Tribune
خالد الخميسي- Khaled Al Khameesy
"Taxi's brilliance is that it captures the point at which cabs cease to be just a means of transportation." -Foreign Policy Underscoring the most diverse species on the planet-the taxi driver-this striking portrait unveils the polluted, unforgiving streets of Cairo, a city that simply refuses to stand...

Modern Egyptian Authors

Being Abbas el Abd, A Dog with no tail, Cairo Swan Song
Ahmed Alaidy, Hamdi Abu Golayyel, Mekkawi Said
1. Being Abbas al Abd - The millennial generation’s most celebrated literary achievement.”—Al-Ahram Weekly “The first glimmer of hope for a true fictional renaissance—an instantly rewarding read embraced by an unprecedented range of literary figures”—The Daily Star What is madness?” asks the narrator...

60 L.E

Being Abbas el Abd

Ahmed Alaidy
The millennial generation’s most celebrated literary achievement.”—Al-Ahram Weekly “The first glimmer of hope for a true fictional renaissance—an instantly rewarding read embraced by an unprecedented range of literary figures”—The Daily Star What is madness?” asks the narrator of Ahmed Alaidy’s jittery,...

90 L.E

Cairo Swan Song

also available in arabic
Mekkawi Said
Cairo, Mother of the World, embraces millions—but some of her children make their home in the streets, junked up and living in the shadows of wealth and among the monuments that the tourists flock to see. Mustafa, a former student radical who never believed in the slogans, sets out to tell their story,...

80 L.E

A Dog with No Tail

Winner of the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature, 2008
Hamdi Abu Golayyel
In a world with no meaning, meaning is an act . . . This is a story about building things up and knocking them down. Here are the campfire tales of Egypt’s dispossessed and disillusioned, the anti-Arabian Nights. Our narrator, a rural immigrant from the Bedouin villages of the Fayoum, an aspiring novelist...

80 L.E

Voices in Refuge

Stories from Sudanese Refugees in Cairo
Edited by Nora Eltahawy and Brooke Comer and Amani Elshimi
Current estimates indicate the presence of anywhere between 20,000 and 250,000 Sudanese refugees in Egypt. The great discrepancy in figures, a result of contradictory new reports, is an important demonstration of the way the refugee situation in Cairo is perceived by various interest groups, many of...

60 L.E

Being Abbas el Abd



Translated by Humphrey Davies
Ahmed Alaidy
The millennial generation’s most celebrated literary achievement.”—Al-Ahram Weekly “The first glimmer of hope for a true fictional renaissance—an instantly rewarding read embraced by an unprecedented range of literary figures”—The Daily Star What is madness?” asks the narrator of Ahmed Alaidy’s jittery,...

100 L.E

Life Is More Beautiful than Paradise

A Jihadist’s Own Story
Khaled al-Berry
In 1986, when this autobiography opens, the author is a typical fourteen-year-old boy in Asyut in Upper Egypt. Attracted at first by the image of a radical Islamist group as “strong Muslims,” his involvement develops until he finds himself deeply committed to its beliefs and implicated in its activities....

75 L.E

Life’s Wisdom from the Works of the Nobel Laureate

Selected insights from Egypt’s Nobel laureate for literature
Naguib Mahfouz Edited by Aleya Serour
With a writing career spanning some seventy years, Naguib Mahfouz is one of the most recognized writers in the world. His study of philosophy at what is now Cairo University greatly influenced his works, as did his wide readings and his work in the government and in the Cinema Organization. Life’s Wisdom...

90 L.E

Chicago

The new novel from the author of The Yacoubian Building
Alaa Al Aswany Translated by Farouk Abdel Wahab
Sex, money, and politics are the driving forces of society in this new novel from bestselling author Alaa Al Aswany. A medley of Egyptian and American lives collides on the campus of the University of Illinois Medical Center in a post-9/11 Chicago, and crises of identity abound. Among the players are...

70 L.E

Chaos of the Senses

Ahlam Mosteghanemi Translated by Baria Ahmar
Ahlam Mosteghanemi’s second novel picks up where Memory in the Flesh left off, with the story of love set in the battered and bruised Algeria of the1990s. Mosteghanemi takes her readers through the streets of suspicion and suspense, and the ups and downs of a forbidden love affair, through a story within...

55 L.E

Blue Aubergine

Miral al-Tahawy Translated by Anthony Calderbank
An award-winning first novel by a young Egyptian writer

80 L.E

Black Magic

An award-winning first novel by a young Egyptian writer
Hamdy el-Gazzar Translated by Humphrey Davies
As a fourteen-year-old, Nasir was entranced by his father’s gift of a camera, finding in it the means both to possess beauty and to assert himself. Now a hack working for state television, Nasir meets Fatin, an independent woman older than himself who has escaped a suffocating marriage and is secure...

90 L.E

Birds of Amber

A new novel about Alexandria by the award-winning Egyptian writer
Ibrahim Abdel Meguid Translated by Farouk Abdel Wahab
During the 1956 Suez War—or the Tripartite Aggression, as it is known in Egypt—life in Alexandria goes on. The railroad workers and their families live in the low-income housing of el-Masakin, along the Mahmudiya Canal, but some of them take us on forays into the other, cosmopolitan Alexandria, whose...

70 L.E

Being Abbas el Abd

An eye-opening and refreshingly original debut novel from an emerging Egyptian writer
Ahmed Alaidy Translated by Humphrey Davies
“The millennial generation’s most celebrated literary achievement.”—Al-Ahram Weekly “The first glimmer of hope for a true fictional renaissance—an instantly rewarding read embraced by an unprecedented range of literary figures”—The Daily Star What is madness?” asks the narrator of Ahmed Alaidy’s jittery,...
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