The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit
A Jewish Family's Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World
By (author) Lucette Matalon Lagnado
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Man in the White Sharkskin Suit by Lucette Matalon Lagnado
Book DescriptionIn vivid and graceful prose, Lucette Lagnado re-creates the majesty and cosmopolitan glamour of Cairo in the years between World War II and Gamal Abdel Nasser's rise to power. Her father, Leon, was a boulevardier who conducted business on the elegant terrace of Shepheard's Hotel, and later, in the cozy, dark bar of the Nile Hilton, dressed in his signature white sharkskin suit. But with the fall of King Farouk and Nasser's nationalization of Egyptian industry, Leon and his family lose everything. As streets are renamed, neighborhoods of their fellow Jews disbanded, and the city purged of all foreign influence, the Lagnados, too, must make their escape.With all of their belongings packed into twenty-six suitcases, their jewels and gold coins hidden in sealed tins of marmalade, Leon and his family depart for any land that will take them. The poverty and hardships they encounter in their flight from Cairo to Paris to New York are strikingly juxta-posed against the beauty and comforts of the lives they left behind.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780060822187
(203mm x 135mm x 21mm)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Publish Date: 12-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United States
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In the award-winning "The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit", the author offered a heartbreaking portrait of her father, Leon, a successful Cairo boulevardier forced to take flight with his family during the rise of the Nasser dictatorship, and of her family's struggle to rebuild a new life in a new land. This book continues her story.
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Author Biography - Lucette Matalon Lagnado
Born in Cairo, Lucette Lagnado and her family were forced to flee Egypt as refugees when she was a small child, eventually coming to New York. She is the author of The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit, for which she received the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature in 2008, and is the coauthor of Children of the Flames: Dr. Josef Mengele and the Untold Story of the Twins of Auschwitz, which has been translated into nearly a dozen foreign languages. Joining the Wall Street Journal in 1996, she has received numerous awards and is currently a senior special writer and investigative reporter. She and her husband, Douglas Feiden, reside in Sag Harbor and New York City.
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