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Maxime Touta, the protege of the flamboyant correspondent of the Semaphore d'Alexandrie, is the perfect eye through which to observe an Egypt poised on the brink of change. The Suez Canal -- the feat of engineering that will transform her fortunes -- is nearing completion, and Ottoman Egypt is torn between the French and the British. For Maxime, who is pursuing his dream o ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 13th 2001 by Harvill Press (first published March 14th 1994)
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Hermien
Jan 26, 2015 Hermien rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-east
I picked this book up at a sale for 50 cents, but what a gem. It is a delightful story with lots of historical information about Egypt, especially Alexandria and Cairo in the period from 1863 to 1885.
Mona
Aug 22, 2010 Mona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book.
Alexandrians used to say they were leaving to Egypt when they were heading to Cairo, because Alexandria was counted as a part of Europe!!!!

That was ages ago....
Mona
Apr 29, 2012 Mona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love it!
One of my favorite books about my beloved cosmopolitan Alexandria.
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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.
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