The Automobile Club of Egypt (Paperback)
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The Automobile Club of Egypt (Paperback)

(author), (translator)
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Paperback 480 Pages
Published: 05/01/2017
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Cairo at the very end of Ottoman rule. Behind the doors of the Automobile Club of Egypt, Egyptian staff attend to the every need of Cairo's European elite - the way they always have done, it seems.

But soon the social upheaval out on the street will break its way through the club's gilded doors, and its inhabitants above and below stairs must all confront their choices: to live safely without dignity, or to fight for their rights and risk everything.

Publisher: Canongate Books
ISBN: 9780857862211
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 318 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 29 mm
Edition: Main


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A microcosm of corruption and oppression in Egypt . . . Aswany brings a mix of burning indignation and unstoppable exuberance that is all his own to this swarming picture of a world on the brink of shattering change - Sunday Times

One of Egypt's most valuable writers - Guardian

A scathing, brilliantly executed novel - New York Times

A wonderful storyteller - Spectator

Among the best writers in the Middle East today . . . Al Aswany has his own magic - Guardian

A master observer of the human condition . . . unputdownable - Literary Review

Gripping . . . a page-turner - Toronto Star

Seductive . . . boasts rich and rewarding material - Boston Globe

Wonderful . . . almost impossible to put down . . . combines terrific storytelling with historical empathy - Star Tribune

[A] raucous, technicolor novel . . . its blazing heart is the seething discontent that led to the 1952 Revolution - Booklist

A sharp, humorous novel - CAROLINE MOORHEAD, Spectator

The Yacoubian author is back with another swarming depiction of a changing world - Sunday Times

There are many stories here. The book is elaborate to bursting point, but always controlled, always whole. It is as juicy and satisfying as a shiny apple, its taste both strange and familiar, compassionate and bitter - The Times

Fabulous, acutely observed story of human foibles, full of vivid scenes and extraordinary characters - Mail on Sunday

Addictively readable - Independent

Absorbing - Observer

Bewitching - Scotsman

Myriad colourful details, intertwining narratives, and dramatic cliffhangers form an earthy, entertaining contrast to the novel's sober preoccupations - namely, the human spirit's capacity to both transcend and be crushed by oppressive systems - Publishers Weekly

Praise for Chicago:Brilliant . . . Al Aswany is like an Egyptian Anne Tyler - Sunday Times

A powerful, political page-turner - Daily Mail

A masterpiece, the warmest and finest and most involving Egyptian novel in the last thirty years - Open Letters Monthly

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