It was with great pleasure that we indulged, last Saturday, in a very warm session about the Imarat Yaqubian, or the Yacubian Building, in Cairo, set in a novel by Alaa al Aswany.
Portuguese blog about the meeting:
The Armenian name is given to an Egyptian building, and a small 'Egypt' lives inside this building, drawing a time and space parallel lines.
A book considered polemic by some, as it points out political, sexual and other Egyptian behaviours from the early 1900's to the Gulf War years (1990).
I simply adored it, and do recommend it to readers and people who love Egypt.
A movie was made in 2006 (trailer):
About the movie:
Some interviews with the author are published online, here you can understand what drove him to write these characters:
More video interviews:
He was among the protesters, this week, in Cairo:
I suggest anyone going to Egypt to read this book and do not get shocked as Egyptians are a colored people who have suffered many abuses either from politicians, either from misinterpretations of their authors, living abroad.
Pictures of the building online:
His most recent novel 'Chicago' was just banned in Palestine:
After 'Chicago' he has published a compilation of short stories: