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Poor (Modern Arabic Literature) [Hardcover]

By Idris Ali & Elliott Colla (Translator)
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"This is your last day. Be strong. Don t hesitate. Cut and go. An exit with no return." Idris Ali's confessional novel opens with these words, spoken on an unbearably hot August afternoon in downtown Cairo, where the Nubian narrator has just decided, once and for all, to end his life. Delirious and thirsty, he wanders around venting his resentments large and small, his sexual frustrations, and his sense of powerlessness in the face of unremitting injustice. He seeks to expunge his failed life in the Nile: the river that had been the life blood of his country for millennia, and that - with Egypt's new dam - now drowns Nubia, flinging her dispossessed sons north and south into exile. Many years ago, the narrator was one of those sons, fleeing flood and famine only to arrive in Cairo, penniless and shoeless, in time to see it go up in flames, the old regime overthrown by "the men in tanks." Poor is the story of a life of grinding destitution, physical deprivation, and emotional starvation. It is also the story of opportunities squandered and hopes traded away for nothing - of a life lived, at times, all too poorly.

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Studio: American University in Cairo Press
Pages   209
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 3, 2007
Publisher   American University in Cairo Press
ISBN  9774161165  
ISBN13  9789774161162  

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More About Idris Ali & Elliott Colla

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! IDRIS ALI, one of Egypt??'s leading Nubian writers, is the author of three short story collections and six novels, including Dongola (AUC Press, 2006). Self-taught in literature, he attended the Religious Institute of al-Azhar and currently lives in Cairo.

Idris Ali currently resides in Cario.

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