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The Yacoubian Building

A Novel

Alaa Al Aswany

Paperback

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Digital Audiobook (6/10/2019)
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Description

August Book Sense Pick

A fading aristocrat and self-proclaimed ‘scientist of women.’ A purring, voluptuous siren. A young shop-girl enduring the clammy touch of her boss and hating herself for accepting the modest banknotes he tucks into her pocket afterward. An earnest, devout young doorman, feeling the irresistible pull toward fundamentalism. A cynical, secretly gay newspaper editor, helplessly in love with a peasant security guard. A roof-squatting tailor, scheming to own property. A corrupt and corpulent politician, twisting the Koran to justify taking a mistress.

All live in the Yacoubian Building, a once-elegant temple of Art Deco splendor slowly decaying in the smog and hubbub of downtown Cairo, Egypt. In the course of this unforgettable novel, these disparate lives converge, careening inexorably toward an explosive conclusion. Tragicomic, passionate, shockingly frank in its sexuality, and brimming with an extraordinary, embracing human compassion, The Yacoubian Building is a literary achievement of the first order.



Praise For The Yacoubian Building: A Novel

“[A] hilarious, sensual, bawdy and beautiful novel.” — Nerve

“Captivating and controversial .. . .an amazing glimpse of modern Egyptian society and culture.” — New York Review of Books

“...tremendously likable.... This vision of life connects high with low, rich with poor, through shared vices and needs.” — San Francisco Chronicle

Harper Perennial, 9780060878139, 272pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2006



About the Author

Alaa Al Aswany is the internationally bestselling author of The Yacoubian Building and Chicago. A journalist who writes a controversial opposition column, Al Aswany makes his living as a dentist in Cairo.