The Yacoubian Building by Alaa Al Aswany audiobook

The Yacoubian Building: A Novel

By Alaa Al Aswany
Translated by Humphry Davies
Read by Fajer Al-Kaisi

HarperCollins, HarperAudio 9780060878139
8.90 Hours 1
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A fading aristocrat and self-proclaimed "scientist of women." A purring, voluptuous siren. A young shop-girl enduring the clammy touch of her boss and hating herself for accepting the modest banknotes he tucks into her pocket afterward. An earnest, devout young doorman, feeling the irresistible pull toward fundamentalism. A cynical, secretly gay newspaper editor, helplessly in love with a peasant security guard. A roof-squatting tailor, scheming to own property. A corrupt and corpulent politician, twisting the Koran to justify taking a mistress. All live in the Yacoubian Building, a once-elegant temple of Art Deco splendor slowly decaying in the smog and hubbub of downtown Cairo, Egypt. In the course of this unforgettable novel, these disparate lives converge, careening inexorably toward an explosive conclusion. Tragicomic, passionate, shockingly frank in its sexuality, and brimming with an extraordinary, embracing human compassion, The Yacoubian Building is a literary achievement of the first order.

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Summary

Summary

A fading aristocrat and self-proclaimed "scientist of women." A purring, voluptuous siren. A young shop-girl enduring the clammy touch of her boss and hating herself for accepting the modest banknotes he tucks into her pocket afterward. An earnest, devout young doorman, feeling the irresistible pull toward fundamentalism. A cynical, secretly gay newspaper editor, helplessly in love with a peasant security guard. A roof-squatting tailor, scheming to own property. A corrupt and corpulent politician, twisting the Koran to justify taking a mistress.

All live in the Yacoubian Building, a once-elegant temple of Art Deco splendor slowly decaying in the smog and hubbub of downtown Cairo, Egypt. In the course of this unforgettable novel, these disparate lives converge, careening inexorably toward an explosive conclusion. Tragicomic, passionate, shockingly frank in its sexuality, and brimming with an extraordinary, embracing human compassion, The Yacoubian Building is a literary achievement of the first order.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Captivating and controversial…An amazing glimpse of modern Egyptian society and culture.” New York Review of Books
“Tremendously likable…This vision of life connects high with low, rich with poor, through shared vices and needs.” San Francisco Chronicle

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Reviews

Author

Author Bio: Alaa Al Aswany

Author Bio: Alaa Al Aswany

Alaa Al Aswany is the internationally bestselling author of The Yacoubian Building and Chicago. A journalist who writes a controversial opposition column, Al Aswany makes his living as a dentist in Cairo.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 8.90
Audience: Adult
Language: English