Item description for A Drive to Israel: An Egyptian Meets His Neighbors (Dayan Center Papers, 128) by Ali Salim...
Ali Salem's A Drive to Israel is an engaging account of Israel through Egyptian eyes, and a deliberate challenge to Egypt's intellectual establishment.
In 1994, the popular playwright and humorist Ali Salem filled up his old soviet built car, loaded the trunk with copies of his books, and drove from Cairo to Israel. In three intense weeks, he traveled the length and breadth of the country. On the return, he wrote a provocative book, full of wry humor and keen insight, which became a best seller in Egypt. Ali Salem's A Drive to Israel is an engaging account of Israel through Egyptian eyes, and a deliberate challenge to Egypt's intellectual establishment.
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Studio: Syracuse University Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.18" Width: 6.58" Height: 0.38" Weight: 0.58 lbs.
Publisher Syracuse University Press
ISBN 9652240508 ISBN13 9789652240507
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Road Trip, Egyptian-style Dec 3, 2005
A rebellious playwright with a sense of the outrageous plans and executes a road trip to Israel soon after Israel and Egypt make peace. He shocks his family, outrages his peers, and thrills his curious countrymen with a narrative of the journey. There is something almost Mark Twainish in his observations along the way.
The anecdotes, histories, personalities, locations, and laments Salem chose to include provide interesting insights into the Egyptian psyche. Though I found the translation a bit awkward in places, what I read rang true with my own experiences traveling by bicycle in these lands. Ali Salem helped fill in many random details I could never have gathered myself.
Like Steinbeck's "Travels with Charlie," "A Drive to Israel" provides a view into the Egyptian national psyche more than it provides a history, travel log, or travel guide to Israel. It's an interesting yet funny read about a deadly serious region.