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The Photographer's Wife
When Dora and Emil Touta are married in Egypt in 1861, she begs him to teach her the secrets of his photographic studio. Soon Dora's skill with a camera has far eclipsed Emil's and the studio is the talk of Cairo. But the Cairene elite, however sophisticated, is not ready for a woman as emancipated as Dora, and her marriage shows signs of strain. She must choose between th ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 1st 1999 by Harvill Press
(first published 1999)
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Jul 13, 2015 Vonia rated it really liked it · review of another edition
The Photographer's Wife is set during the turn of the twentieth century in Egypt, a country oft neglected in literature. This is unfortunate, for with a landscape as regal as it is unforgiving, as breathtaking as it is unchanging, the potential for stories of intrigue, mystery, romance, secrets, and adventure are undeniable. Robert Sole writes with an understanding of the political unrest, governmental rule, cultural mandates, and social expectations unavoidable for those in Egypt at the time. T ...more
An enjoyable book but one that I put down easily and wasn't in a hurry to pick up again. This is a translation from the french and I think something may have got lost in the process since the original or another book by the same author I think merited some prestigious prize. The historical events of Egypt under British rule and the reclaiming of the Sudan is interweaved with the personal story of a couple where the wife takes over her husband's photographic studio transforming them into a hugely ...more
I have found 3 books with the title "The Photographer's Wife." I intend to read all 3 just for kicks. This is the first one I read. It is translated from Sole's original language, and it is nicely translated in a romantic style. I enjoyed the Egyptian and Sudan settings, learning about a social class and time that I previously had little knowledge of. Surprisingly, I didn't learn much about the earlier days of photography that I didn't already know (and I have no specialized knowledge). The stor ...more
I enjoyed this book. Set in turn of the century (20th, that is) Egypt, it tells the story of a young photographer who marries an artist, both of whom are from the Syrian community in Egypt. The wife takes an interest in photography and clearly shows far more talent than her husband, gradually becoming well-known for her portraits. While the story is interesting on that level, it is also interesting because it shows the beginning of the British occupation of Egypt and later, the Sudan, through th ...more
Robert Solé is a French journalist and novelist of Egyptian origin. Born in Cairo in 1946, Solé moved to France at the age of 18. He has served as ombudsman of the Parisian newspaper Le Monde. His works of fiction include Le Tarbouche (winner of the Prix Mediterranée in 1992) and La Mamelouka.More about Robert Solé...