The Yacoubian Building by Alaa Al Aswany


Set in Cairo at the time of the Gulf War, this novel portrays the lives of some residents of a decaying Art Deco building that actually truly exists in the story, although the characters in the story are completely fictitious.

The characters live out their daily lives in a struggle to come to terms with the rife political corruption in Egypt. Some consider a more strict religious life as the solution to extremes of poverty, immorality, and injustice.

Unfortunately, there is resistance for change and violence ensues.

This novel deals with difficult topics and a difficult time in Egyptian history. It is insightful.

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One Response to “The Yacoubian Building by Alaa Al Aswany”

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