The Yacoubian Building

The Yacoubian Building

Book - 2006
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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.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2006.
Copyright Date: ©2004
ISBN: 9780060878139
Branch Call Number: ASW
Characteristics: 255 pages


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Jun 28, 2013

Very good writing, fast-paced, tremendous insight into contemporary Egyptian life.

Jun 23, 2013

This best-selling Egyptian author is translated from Arabic. The book is set in modern Egypt, a snapshot of time just before the Arab Spring. The multiple story lines masterfully woven together reveal complex Egyptian society, narrowly focused and restricted by social customs. One wonders how the author would react to the Muslim Brotherhood's grip on the government, and their all too familiar activities meant to consolidate and make permanent their power.

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