Zaat by Sonallah Ibrahim
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Zaat by Sonallah Ibrahim

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This 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 Details

ISBN: 9789774248443
ISBN-10: 9774248449
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 124mm x 23mm)
Pages: 344
Imprint: The American University in Cairo Press
Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press
Publish Date: 28-Feb-2004
Country of Publication: Egypt

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Committee by Sonallah Ibrahim Committee, Hardback (November 2001)

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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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