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The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit by Lucette Lagnado
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Dec 30, 09


After reading "My father’s paradise" I was very interested in the history of Jewish Diaspora in Orient. Here is Cairo before the end of the Second World War, the vibrant cosmopolitan city full of theatres, nightclubs and luxurious restaurants. There are many prominent Jewish families, some from Syria, and some from Alexandria with a very distinctive culture and lifestyle. They live peacefully with their neighbours, they are secure and prosperous. The end of the war and the change of the map bring huge challenges. Every family has to make a fatal choice; the foundation of their life is shaken. At the end, we see the disintegration of families replanted on a new soil, the end of the life known from generation to generation and a loss of unique culture
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