Zaat by Sonallah Ibrahim
Book DescriptionThis unusual novel tells the story of the life of an Egyptian woman - the eponymous Zaat - during the regimes of three Egyptian presidents: Abdel Nasser, Sadat, and Mubarak. Rooted in culture and politics, Zaat takes a humorous but often black look at the changes that have occurred in Egypt.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9789774248443
(198mm x 124mm x 23mm)
Imprint: The American University in Cairo Press
Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press
Publish Date: 28-Feb-2004
Country of Publication: Egypt
Books By Author Sonallah Ibrahim
Stealth, Paperback (June 2014)
A young son wanders Cairo trying to comprehend why his mother has disappeared
That Smell and Notes from Prison, Paperback (February 2013)
That Smell is Sonallah Ibrahim's modernist masterpiece and one of the most influential Arabic novels. Composed in the wake of a five-year prison sentence, the semi-autobiographical story follows a recently released political prisoner as he wanders through Cairo, adrift in his native city.
Committee, Hardback (November 2001)» View all books by Sonallah Ibrahim
Writing in a symbolic and minimalist style, author Sonallah Ibrahim has been called the Egyptian Kafka. This wry take on Kafka's "The Trial" revolves around its narrator's attempts to petition successfully the elusive ruling body of his country, known simply as "the committee".
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Author Biography - Sonallah Ibrahim
Sonallah Ibrahim was born in 1937. After studying law and drama at Cairo University, he became a journalist in Cairo until his arrest and imprisonment in 1959. Upon his release in 1964, he briefly returned to journalism in Egypt before moving to Berlin and Moscow. He returned to Egypt in 1976 and since then has dedicated all his time to writing. He received the Oweiss Prize in 1994. Zaat was first published in Arabic in 1992. His latest novel, Amrikanli, was published in Arabic in 2003. Anthony Calderbank has translated The Tent and Blue Aubergine by Miral al-Tahawy (AUC Press 2000 and 2002) and Rhadopis of Nubla by Nagulb Mahfouz (AUC Press 2003).
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