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Read Your Way Through Cairo

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Similarly, Albert Cossleythe color of stigma‘ very fast read. This book follows well-behaved pickpockets and serves as a kind of guide to the dynamics of the city’s ancient markets, including fraud, bargaining, and negotiating deals. , set foot on the Pyramid Plateau of Giza and be flooded with offers for camel rides, horseback riding, and guides.

Cairo is mainly characterized by layers of architecture such as the Fatimids, Mamluks, and Kedivars. But it also has a rich history of modern architecture, from early 20th-century revivals to concrete expressionist and modernist designs. This includes the homes of iconic cultural figures. Singer Oum Kulthoum’s house has been demolished, but a similar house by the same architect Ali Labib Gabr still stands nearby. This is not a novel, but Mohammed El Shahid’s “Cairo Since 1900: An Architectural Guide‘ provides an excellent guide to this modern era, making it the perfect walking tour companion, telling not only about the building and its historical significance but also about its time.

In fiction, Waggy Galli’sbeer at the snooker club, A cult classic, was written in English that depicts post-colonial Cairo through the eyes of a nationalist, English-speaking aristocrat grappling with regime change and new socialist policies under President Gamal Abdel Nasser. Written in 1964, it is also a contemporary Egyptian story.

At the other end of the spectrum of class and experience between the same political regimes is Sonarah Ibrahim’s experimental novel. that smell, Published in 1968, the book tells of a recently released prisoner’s exhaustion as he struggles and fails to readjust to everyday life outside. Many days in this fast-moving city feel like a novel.

Essays by André Acimanfalse papers,” for the journey to Alexandria. Born and raised there, Aciman returns decades after his family fled into exile to try to trace the city that existed in his memory. He finds very little of it left, yet his search captures the most memorable cities in vivid detail. His pensive books travel across time and geography, from Egypt to Europe, but are about Aciman’s Alexandria. To hold on to that feeling — the look and the loss — you need to use Constantine P. Cavafy’scollection of poems both born in ancient port towns, the two authors form an unofficial compendium of Alexandria.

  • A novel by Naguib Mahfouz

  • “In the eyes of the sun” When “Map of Love” Ahdaf Sueif

  • “slide” Mohammed Keel

  • “Cairo: City of Sand” Maria Gloria

  • “Stigma Color” Albert Cossley

  • “Cairo Since 1900: An Architectural Guide” Mohammed El Shahed

  • “Beer at the Snooker Club” Waggy Gali

  • “That Smell” Sonarah Ibrahim

  • “fake documents” André Aciman

  • “poetry” Constantine P. Cavaphy

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