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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(198mm x 124mm x 23mm)
The American University in Cairo Press
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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).