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The Automobile Club of Egypt

The Automobile Club of Egypt

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Author: Aswany, Alaa Al

Brand: Vintage

Color: Teal/Turquoise green

Edition: Illustrated


  • Vintage

Format: Illustrated

Number Of Pages: 496

Release Date: 12-07-2016

Details: Product Description In British-occupied Egypt, on the eve of the 1952 revolution, respected landowner Abd el-Aziz Gaafar has fallen on hard times. Bankrupt, he moves his family to Cairo and takes a menial job at the Automobile Club, a luxurious lodge for its European members, where Egyptians appear only as fearful servants. When Abd el-Aziz’s pride gets the better of him and he stands up for himself, he is subjected to a corporal punishment that ultimately kills him—leaving two of his sons obliged to work in the Club. As the nation teeters on the brink of change, both servants and masters are subsumed by social upheaval, and the Egyptians of the Automobile Club face a choice: to live safely but without dignity as servants, or to risk everything and fight for their rights. Exuberant and powerfully moving, The Automobile Club of Egypt is an essential work of social criticism from one of the Arab world’s greatest literary voices. Review “Scathing, brilliantly executed. . . . Brim[s] with a large cast of memorable characters.” — The New York Times “Wonderful. . . . Almost impossible to put down. . . . Combines terrific storytelling with historical empathy.” — Minneapolis Star Tribune“Seductive. . . . Rich and rewarding.” — The Boston Globe   “Aswany is a master of suspense. . . . Every character in his novel is patiently described in exquisite detail.” — The Christian Science Monitor “[Al Aswany’s novels] are national epics of the intimate: they remind their readers that every household hosts its own incarnations of fundamentalism, despotism, corruption, and graft.” — Harper’s “It’s a masterpiece, the warmest and finest and most involving Egyptian novel in the last thirty years.” — Open Letters Monthly “Gripping. . . . A riveting family saga.” — The Toronto Star “An important social satire and a harsh criticism of modern Egypt. . . . Al Aswany has once again delivered a remarkable and devastating portrait of a deeply unhappy society, in the guise of a novel that is at once funny, perceptive and affectionate.” — The Spectator “[A] rich political fable. . . . [Al Aswany is] a charming, earthy, resourceful storyteller.” — Kirkus Reviews “Entertaining. . . . Al Aswany memorably evokes corrupt British-occupied Egypt in the years before the 1952 revolution.” — Publishers Weekly About the Author Alaa Al Aswany is the author of  The Yacoubian Building, which was long-listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 2006 and was the best-selling novel in the Arab world for more than five years;  Chicago, named by  Newsday as the best translated novel of 2006; The Automobile Club of Egypt; and the story collection  Friendly Fire. He has received numerous awards internationally, including the Bashrahil Prize for the Arabic novel, the Kavafis Award from Greece and the Premio Grinzane Cavour from Italy. He was recently named by the London  Times as one of the best fifty authors to have been translated into English over the last fifty years. Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. Aswany / THE AUTOMOBILE CLUB OF EGYPT 1 The story started when a man called Karl Benz met a woman called Bertha. In the only extant photograph of him, Karl Benz appears distracted, his mind so preoccupied by something other than the details of daily life that he has forgotten to do up the buttons of his jacket as he stands for the camera. His face appears to show a deep-­grained sadness, a look of despondency left by a hard childhood. His father, a railroad engineer, had died in a terrible accident when Karl was just two, and his mother fought hard to provide him a good education. Still, he had had to start working at a young age in order to help support his siblings. The photograph shows his intelligence and determination, but it also portrays him as somewhat distant, as if he is looking at something on the far horizon that only he can see. Bertha’s photograph, on the other hand, reflects a special type of beauty

EAN: 9780307947314

Languages: English

Binding: Paperback

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