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"ذات" شخصية الروائي صنع الله إبراهيم المحورية والتي انبعثت من زحمة الحياة لتبعث خياله وتغذي فكره بألف صورة وصورة... هي من الواقع... ولكنها تسري في الأحداث الروائية... فيكون لواقع تواجدها ألف معنى ومعنى... "ذات" هي الرمز الذي حاول صنع الله إبراهيم من خلاله أن يصور المجتمع المصري الذي يموج بقيم ومعتقدات تتحكم بفكره وبحياته... مجتمع ينوء مواطنه بأحمال الظروف الاقتصادية والاجت ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published 1998 by دار المستقبل العربي (first published 1992)
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Bob Mustin
Apr 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

About the time the recent Egyptian drama was settling in on Cairo’s Tahrir Square, I came across an article on Egyptian writers and their travails in this deeply censored nation. Among the number of Egyptian writers listed was Ibrahim, who has been at the forefront of challenges to Egypt’s literary censorship, so I opted for this book, the centerpiece of his work.

Zaat is a story of a modern Egyptian wife, a middle class woman of no great thought or talent, it appears, married to Abdel Maguid, a
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Hafsa
Jun 05, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in modern Arab literature
I actually had the opportunity to meet the author while I was studying abroad in Cairo. He's quite a brilliant writer and very well respected in Egypt--especially as he operates outside of the "literary establishment."

Zaat tells the story of an average woman's life in Cairo. Many Arab authors, such as Naguib Mahfouz, tend to focus more on the middle-class, yet this novel centers around a female from the lower class. The book is extremely witty and satirical, as it offers some scathing observatio
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Ziad
Apr 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I. Name/Title and Opening Pages
Let us start, suitably, from the beginning of the novel, wherein the narrator is pondering on what kind of beginning should inaugurate the tale. As readers, we are immediately approached with the possibility of more than one beginning. As the first sentence testifies, we can start with the natural beginning, the birth of Zaat; however, the narrator quickly decides against such a narrative start by invoking the specter of the critics, or the ethical censors. Thus, t
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Tasneemali
Apr 24, 2012 rated it liked it
The writer definitely fascinated me with his exceptional skill , not because it was the first time for me to read a book written by him but he he has his own creative artistic way of writing 'bout his heroes and heroines that succeeds to captivate your attention . I guess He doesn't write for anyone he writes for the ellitest who really have this bond with the writing craft and the art of writing the novels .
So it took me like three weeks or something to adapt with his eccentric yet outstanding
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Nina G
Aug 01, 2013 rated it liked it
I loved the way the author linked the change in the Egyptian Family with the changes in the community over the years.
By highlighting some of the Nespapers headlines, showing the amount of corruption and The deterioration of the economic situation which most of Egyptian families faces, he was able to show their daily conflicts and the insides of their lives.

I felt sorry for (Zat), and sadly enough we have lots of her around us.

i loved the fact that he payes attention to details, i could see eve
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Habiba Ibrahim
Jul 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
A good one, not an interesting novel, I felt it's a documentary for 60's, 70's, concentrating on the 80's n the 90's we don't know, the political events, the transformation of the society from nasser's era till mobarak's.
It's been written in a strange way which I've enjoyed mixing the tale of "Zat" a very normal girl which you call a vanilla person like the most of the mothers of 50's borns and bits of the news published at every decade.
In fact I felt "Zat" is "Egypt".
J.M. Hushour
Feb 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wry, darkly funny Egyptian novel. The title character, Zaat (meaning: self) plods through her banal life unable to keep up with the "transmissions" of everyone around her. It is a keeping-up-with-the-Joneses type of tale which takes place from the 1970s to the early 1990s. The narrative structure is neat, with every other chapter a collage of newspaper headlines and paragraphs which allegorically relate to the plot. A nice palliative from the same boring old Egyptian fiction everyone reads.
Anastasia Hobbet
Aug 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book is as close as you'll ever get to being an Egyptian before the January revolution. It sprawls in every direction, laughing, crying, loving, and screaming in frustration. Despite everything, Zaat endures. She endures in my head too. I found myself thinking about her the other day, wondering what she's making of Mubarak's trial. I wonder if Ibrahim will write a sequel?
Mark
Jan 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an amazing novel about Egypt in the post-Nasser era. The juxtaposition of narrative with news accounts of economic and political crimes show all too clearly the devastating impact of "free market reform." Dark, satirical and powerful--it taught me more about contemporary Egypt than any other book I've read on the subject.
Melanie
Jan 25, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Zaat alternates between the fictional life of Zaat and segments from different newspapers of the time. The concept of including the real newspapers adds an element of realism to the fictional book as it explores the political, economic and religious changes that occurred in Egypt during the late twentieth century; however the execution of this concept does not work perfectly. Ibrahim is able to justify including the newspaper clipping in the novel by having Zaat work at a newspaper; therefore al ...more
Muhemed Masika
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Her movements are large but her heart is small
Noha
Sep 30, 2016 rated it liked it
This is one of the rare moments in which the TV series is better than the book.

True, the author was able to get deep and truthful insights of the female world but then it had a bit of the male touch. I guess the end was the weakest part of them all; there was no clear end أصلا.

There were many connotations which I could not understand.
Yousra Hesham
Jul 30, 2013 rated it did not like it
This novel is so overrated! plain boring and depressing and I kept skipping pages until I stopped reading. Hard for me to admit it but yes the TV series is so much better than this. I don't understand the fuss about the novel.
Sarah
Oct 21, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This book, another Egyptian novel in translation, juxtaposes Egyptian newspaper articles against the story of a woman's life. The author has been given, and declined, all sorts of literary and national awards. He's great.
Leah
Jan 02, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
GAH--I am slogging through this book, but it is taking FOREVER! I just want to be done! I think the translation is really clunky. There is potential here, but maybe it would be more interesting if I knew more about Egyptian history to begin with. Nearly finished.
Sana Abdulla
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
Zaat tries to conform and live a blameless life but the world around her is too corrupt. A chapter of fiction followed by a chapter of newspaper clippings corresponding to that period of Zaat's life. A funny and unusual book, I highly recommend it.
Heba
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Zat <3
Lobna
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
its more of a naration to egyptian history in that period frm personal point of view
Claire
May 07, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this in english but couldn't find that version
Adam
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Want to get a better understanding of Egyptian culture? Read this book.
Yasmin
Aug 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Completely important to read for Egyptians who had no idea about the corruption of the 80s (like me), but anger-making.
Noor Gad
Sep 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
it is really good, the writer was really able draw the picture of the social development of the simple Egyptian woman
Sameh
Dec 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Loved it but it could have been simpler in the sense of the way he wrote it.
Aassia
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The humor in this book was dark but it kept me going because, it was riveting and a page turner. I finished this book in three days!
Amira Samy
Sep 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
the series is a whole much better
Mohammed
Aug 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
a very good insight on the transformation of the Egyptian society during the 70s and the 80s. Brilliant!
MiMiBooKS
Jul 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnfs
DNF after about 50 pages I enjoyed the show more but this wasn’t for me
Dania  Dabbas
Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
its so great love it
أحمد ناجي
In my opinion ... It is the best Novel Sonalla wrote
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