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    Category Type
    Science Fiction & Fantasy
    Publisher
    AUC Press
    Item EAN
    2724308270917
    People
    Author
    Ibrahim Aslan. Translated by Mona El-Ghobashy
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    Description:

    • A novel of love death and the ties that bind
    • Set in the author s own Nile side neighborhood of Warraq Aslan s second novel the first to be translated and published in English chronicles the daily rhythm of life of rural migrants to Cairo and their complex webs of familial and neighborly relations
    • A novel of love death and the ties that bind
    • Set in the author s own Nile side neighborhood of Warraq Aslan s second novel the first to be translated and published in English chronicles the daily rhythm of life of rural migrants to Cairo and their complex webs of familial and neighborly relations over half a century It opens with the mysterious disappearance of the tiny grandmother Hanem who is over 100 years old and is last seen by her daughter in law Dalal Dalal does not have the heart to tell Hanem that her grown children Nargis and Abdel Reheem have both been dead for some time Her grandson Mr Abdalla who has children of his own and not a few flecks of gray in his hair reluctantly sets out for their home village to search for her embarking on a bittersweet odyssey into his family s past and a confrontation with his own aging
    • In an elliptical narrative Aslan limns a series of vignettes that mimic the workings of memory moving backward and forward in time and held together by a series of recurrent figures and images There is Abdalla s father the tragic al Bahey Uthman his quirky and earthy uncle Abdel Reheem and his sweet mother Nargis who dies with her simplest desires unfulfilled Aslan s moving portrait of the quotidian dramas that constitute the lives of ordinary Egyptians is untainted by populist pretensions or belittling romanticism and full of the humor and heartbreaking pathos that have become trademarks of the author s style
    • Ibrahim Aslan 1937&ndash 2012 was born in Tanta in the Nile Delta He published his first collection of short stories Buhayrat al misa Evening Lake in 1971 His first novel Malik al hazin The Heron 1983 was adapted into the successful film Kit Kat
    • Mona al Ghobashy is finishing a doctoral dissertation on contemporary Egyptian politics at Columbia University
 

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