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Cairo is a 1,400-year-old metropolis whose streets are inscribed with sagas, a place where the pressures of life test people's equanimity to the very limit. Virtually surrounded by desert, sixteen million Cairenes cling to the Nile and each other, proximities that colour and shape lives. Packed with incident and anecdote "Cairo: City of Sand" describes the city's given circumstances and people's attitudes of response. Apart from a brisk historical overview, this book focuses on the present moment of one of the world's most illustrious and irreducible cities. Cairo steps inside the interactions between Cairenes, examining the roles of family, tradition and bureaucracy in everyday life. The book explores Cairo's relationship with its 'others', from the French and British occupations to modern influences like tourism and consumerism. "Cairo" also discusses characteristic styles of communication, and linguistic memes, including slang, grandiloquence, curses and jokes. Cairo exists by virtue of these interactions, synergies of necessity, creativity and the presence or absence of power. "Cairo: City of Sand" reveals a peerless balancing act, and transmits the city's overriding message: the breadth of the human capacity for loss, astonishment and delight.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781861891877
ISBN-10: 1861891873
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 17mm)
Pages: 232
Imprint: Reaktion Books
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publish Date: 7-May-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Maria Golia

Maria Golia writes fiction and non-fiction. She's lived in Rome, Paris and Fort Worth, Texas, and is a long-time resident of Cairo.

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