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Cover of: The Yacoubian Building | Alaa Al Aswany
About the Book

This controversial bestselling novel in the Arab world reveals the political corruption, sexual repression, religious extremism, and modern hopes of Egypt today.All manner of flawed and fragile humanity reside in the Yacoubian Building, a once-elegant temple of Art Deco splendor now slowly decaying in the smog and bustle of downtown Cairo: a fading aristocrat and self-proclaimed "scientist of women"; a sultry, voluptuous siren; a devout young student, feeling the irresistible pull toward fundamentalism; a newspaper editor helplessly in love with a policeman; a corrupt and corpulent politician, twisting the Koran to justify his desires.These disparate lives careen toward an explosive conclusion in Alaa Al Aswany's remarkable international bestseller. Teeming with frank sexuality and heartfelt compassion, this book is an important window on to the experience of loss and love in the Arab world.

Excerpts

The distance between Baehler Passage, where Zaki Bey el Dessouki lives, and his office in the Yacoubian Building is not more than a hundred meters, but it takes him an hour to cover it each morning as he is obliged to greet his friends on the street.
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7 editions First published in 2005

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The Yacoubian Building
2007, Fourth Estate
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The Yacoubian Building
2007, Fourth Estate
Hardcover
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L'immeuble Yacoubian
2007, Actes Sud
in French
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The Yacoubian Building: A Novel
August 1, 2006, Harper Perennial
in English
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The Yacoubian Building
2006, HarperCollins
Electronic resource in English
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The Yacoubian Building: A Novel
August 1, 2006, Harper Perennial
Paperback in English
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The Yacoubian Building
March 1, 2005, American University in Cairo Press
Hardcover in English - New Ed edition

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