Two Alien Lives in Egypt
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Landlocked Islands by Pierre Cachia
Book DescriptionThis is a highly unusual and beautifully written book. It is the double memoir of a mother and son, Anna and Pierre, and the story takes us from Anna's childhood in Russia and subsequent arrival in Egypt in 1901 to Pierre's enrollment at the American University in Cairo in the late 1930s. It is fascinating, therefore, not only as a personal account of an interesting group of people but also as a social document that portrays a segment of Egypt's society in the first forty years of the twentieth century. As a personal story, it is a rewarding insight into the early formation of a leading, well-known, and respected Arabist. His mother's account of her own early life and tragedies reveals a remarkable woman we would wish to have known. As a social document, it gives us a rare perhaps unique picture of the life of foreigners in Egypt who were not part of the elite, privileged, ruling class, revealing much about the choices that were available to them in education, career, marriage, and social mixing. Landlocked Islands thus offers the social historian a study of some minorities in Egypt during the first half of the twentieth century; it also opens up the whole question of expatriate life in Egypt. But, above all, it is an entertaining and intriguing tale, a book that one constantly finds oneself eager to pick up and read.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9789774245411
(150mm x 229mm x 15mm)
Imprint: The American University in Cairo Press
Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press
Publish Date: 31-Jan-2000
Country of Publication: Egypt
Books By Author Pierre Cachia
Exploring Arab Folk Literature, Hardback (September 2011)
The character and range of Arab folk literature are investigated by Pierre Cachia in this collection of his pioneering essays in the field.
Arabic Literature, Hardback (August 2002)
Assuming no previous knowledge of the subject, this book provides a balanced overview of Arab literature, from 'high' literature to popular folk literature, covering the classical and modern periods.
History of Islamic Spain, Paperback (July 1996)
This comprehensive introduction to the history of Islamic Spain takes thereader through the events, people and movements from 711 to 1492.
Popular Narrative Ballads of Modern Egypt, Hardback (February 1989)» View all books by Pierre Cachia
A study of Arabic folk literature, including transcribed and translated texts ranging from erotic tales to accounts of contemporary deeds of violence, through which the author aims to give an insight into Arab culture, society and linguistics.
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Author Biography - Pierre Cachia
Pierre Cachia, emeritus professor in the Department of Middle East Languages and Cultures of Columbia University, has spent his career teaching Arabic at Edinburgh University and Columbia University. His many translations include Tawfiq al-Hakim's Prison of Life, published by the AUC Press.
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