Sunday, 25 September 2011

Al Aswany, Alaa “The Yacoubian Building”

Al Aswany, Alaa “The Yacoubian Building” (عمارة يعقوبيان , Imarat Ya'qubian) - 2002

This book is described as “an ironic depiction of modern Egyptian society”. I don't know how ironic it is but I thought it was a very interesting account of a life I know absolutely nothing about. Apparently, the building in Cairo exists but is different from the one in the book. The original owner used to be very rich but now the house has been made into lots and lots of tiny little apartments (originally storage space) and the story tells us about their lives.

Very interesting, sometimes quite challenging read.

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