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Cairo Swan Song

By Mekkawi Said, Adam Talib (Translated by)

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Format: Paperback / softback, 304 pages
Published In: UK, 01 November 2009
Cairo, Mother of the World, embraces millions - but some of her children make their home in the streets, junked up and living in the shadows of wealth, among the monuments that the tourists flock to see. Mustafa, a former student radical who never believed in the slogans, sets out to tell their story, but he has to rely on the help of his American girlfriend, Marcia, who he is not sure he can trust. Meanwhile, his former leftist friends are now all either capitalists or Islamists. Alienated from a corrupt and corrupting society, Mustafa watches as the Cairo he cherishes crumbles around him. The men and women of the city struggle to find lovers worthy of their love and causes worthy of their sacrifice in a country that no longer deserves their loyalty. The children of the streets wait for the adults to take notice. And the foreigners can always leave.

Mekkawi Said was born in Cairo in 1955. His first novel won the Suad Sabbah Arab Creativity Prize in 1991. Cairo Swan Song, his second novel, was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (the 'Arabic Booker') in 2008.

About the Author

Mekkawi Said was born in Cairo in 1955. His first novel won the Suad Sabbah Arab Creativity Prize in 1991. Cairo Swan Song, his second novel, was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (the 'Arabic Booker') in 2008.

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Mustapha and his circle's lives are, perhaps, too carefully a crafted mosaic of Egypt's educated middle classes, however, given the city's political and social climate, that may be about right. Either way, it seems hard to argue with the air of desperation and resignation Said's characters and prose evoke. -- David Goldblatt The Independent 20100219 '...Cairo Swan Song does hold up a mirror to something very real about the line between art, charity, and profiting off other people's exotic misery' -- M. Lynx Qualey Rain Taxi 20100301

EAN: 9781906697181
ISBN: 1906697183
Publisher: Arabia Books Ltd
Dimensions: 19 x 12 x 2 centimetres (0.33 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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