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The Yacoubian Building by Alaa Al Aswany
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Sep 15, 08


This is a novel, set in Egypt at about the time of the 1st Gulf War. It follows several characters, whose stories become intertwined, and shows how Nasserism completely changed Egypt (and not necessarily in a good way). It, and the movie, were banned in several Arab countries.

It addresses several issues of identity in this post-Nasser, essentially policed state. It examines homosexuality and other aspects of gender/sexual identification, corruption, Islamism, poverty, and excess...

I highly recommend it, it does a lot to dispell the "Nasser Myth" that Nasser reenergized Egypt, and that the revolution saved Egypt....

Dillon
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