Clouds over Alexandria

Clouds over Alexandria


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In the city of Alexandria, five students encounter political struggle and the casual cruelty of a harsh government, but ultimately love and resilience.
In the 1970s, once-cosmopolitan Alexandria was at the forefront of the clash between Nasser’s socialist-era principles and the burgeoning fundamentalist movement. Five idealistic students find themselves caught up in this tangled web, as their leftist activism makes them a target both from government surveillance and the Islamist groups seeking to curtail the city’s social life. The group of friends’ participation in the explosive ‘bread riots’ is swiftly followed by the crushing experience of prison, and the course of their young lives changes irrevocably.
This story of love, aspiration for social change, disillusionment, and frustration will resonate today in the wake of current political upheavals.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789774168673
Publisher: American University in Cairo Press, The
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Series: Hoopoe Fiction
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,196,136
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Born in 1946, Ibrahim Abdel Meguid is an Egyptian writer from Alexandria. He has combined critical and creative writing throughout his literary career, and is the author of numerous novels and short-story collections. He was awarded the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature in 1997 for his novel The Other Place.

Kay Heikkinen is a translator and academic who holds a PhD from Harvard University and is currently Ibn Rushd Lecturer of Arabic at the University of Chicago. Among other books, she translated Naguib Mahfouz’s In the Time of Love (AUC Press, 2010).

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