The Automobile Club of Egypt / Alaa Al Aswany ; translated from the Arabic by Russell Harris.
Publication year: 2016
Publisher: Edinburgh : Canongate, 2016.
ISBN: 9780857862198 (hbk.) :
This translation originally published: United States: Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
Translated from the Arabic.
Inside the walls of the Automobile Club of Egypt two very different worlds collide - Cairo's European elite and the Egyptian staff who wait on them. The servants, a squabbling, humorous and deeply human group, live in a perpetual state of fear under the tyrannical rule of Alku. When Abd el-Aziz Gaafar becomes the target of Alku's cruelty and his pride gets the better of him, a devastating act sends ripples through his family. Soon, they too are drawn into the turbulent politics of the club, as servants and masters are subsumed by Egypt's social upheaval. Egyptians both inside and outside the club are about to face a stark choice: to live safely without dignity, or fight for their rights and risk everything.
Original title: Nady Alsayarat. English
475 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm
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