The Yacoubian Building review

I often treat suspiciously books that are claimed to be bestsellers and get awards. I don’t believe any longer in marketing slogans, because almost every book is a bestseller etc. But some books are worth of the praise they receive. One of such books is definitely The Yacoubian Building by Alaa Al Aswany.

This is a story of several people in 1990’s Cairo, tho Al Aswany weaves into the story the tales of Egypt even from 30s. The people are of different social standings. Taha who is dreaming of becoming policeman, beautiful Busayna sexually harassed by employer, old playboy Zaki, a millionaire Azzam and a homosexual journalist Hatim and his lover Abduh (the last one a secondary character). All of them are linked somehow by The Yacoubian Building in Cairo (a real building, in fact).

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