Item description for No One Sleeps in Alexandria by Ibrahim Abdel Meguid & Farouk Abdel Wahab...
This sweeping novel depicts the intertwined lives of an assortment of Egyptians--Muslims and Copts, northerners and southerners, men and women--as they begin to settle in Egypt's great second city, and explores how the Second World War, starting in supposedly faraway Europe, comes crashing down on them, affecting their lives in fateful ways. Central to the novel is the story of a striking friendship between Sheikh Magd al-Din, a devout Muslim with peasant roots in northern Egypt, and Dimyan, a Copt with roots in southern Egypt, in their journey of survival and self-discovery. Woven around this narrative are the stories of other characters, in the city, in the villages, or in the faraway desert, closer to the fields of combat. And then there is the story of Alexandria itself, as written by history, as experienced by its denizens, and as touched by the war. Throughout, the author captures the cadences of everyday life in the Alexandria of the early 1940s, and boldly explores the often delicate question of religious differences in depth and on more than one level. No One Sleeps in Alexandria adds an authentically Egyptian vision of Alexandria to the many literary--but mainly Western--Alexandrias we know already: it may be the same space in which Cavafy, Forster, and Durrell move but it is certainly not the same world.
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In the times of complexity keep your hopes simple Mar 10, 2008
Although I read the book in Arabic not in English I wish to comment on it hoping thus I will urge somebody to read it for I am sure AUP did a good job. It is only refreshing to read something like this novel in this age rulled by diet books and pieces of literature that will not be remembered for more than the year in which they were written. The book starts with Hitler's planning to attack Poland on one part and bloody clash between two families on the other part of the world. As Germans are moving into Poland, the rest of Europe and eventually Africa a villager, the surviver of the clash, is moving to Alexandria. In this town the war will meet the villager and while that happens the story of the everyday life of the city, the meeting point of different religions and nations, is being told with the tongue of Arabs, muslims and copts, who in the times of complex struggle which brought armed soldiers from all over the world to fight the war on their soil without their permission try to keep their hopes simple and remain benevolent in spite of all. Nothing changed since.