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Friendly Fire: Ten Tales of Today's Cairo [Hardcover]

By Alaa Al Aswany (Author)
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Nine short stories and a novella make up this latest offering by Alaa Al Aswany, author of The Yacoubian Building. As in that novel, Al Aswany dissects modern Egyptian society and reveals with skill and detachment the hypocrisy, violence, and abuse of power characteristic of a world in moral crisis. Here, though, the focus has shifted from the broad historical canvas to the minute stitches of pain that hold together an individual, a family, a school classroom, or the relationship between a man and a woman. Can a man so alienated from his society that he regards all its members as no better than microbes wriggling under a microscope survive within it? Can cynical religiosity triumph over human decency? Can a man put the thought of a delicious dish of beans behind him long enough to mourn his father s death? Alongside these wry questions, other, less mordant perspectives also have ther place: an aging cabaret dancer bestows the blessing of a vanished world on her lover s son; a crippled boy wins subjective victory from objective disaster. In Friendly Fire, readers will find again the vivid, passionate characters of today's Cairo, clamoring to be heard.

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Studio: American University in Cairo Press
Pages   192
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 30, 2009
Publisher   American University in Cairo Press
ISBN  9774161440  
ISBN13  9789774161445  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Alaa Al Aswany is the internationally bestselling author of "The Yacoubian Building" and "Chicago". A journalist who writes a controversial opposition column, Al Aswany makes his living as a dentist in Cairo.

Alaa Al Aswany currently resides in Cairo. Alaa Al Aswany was born in 1957.

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