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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
Alaa Al Aswany has won resounding critical acclaim for his deft and moving
portrayals of the lives of contemporary Egyptians who constantly examine their
relationship with Egypt's history, religion, class, and gender distinctions. In
Friendly Fire he once again demonstrates an extraordinary empathy for lost and
searching souls as he focuses on the exquisite emotions of everyday life.
In "The Kitchen Boy" and "Dearest Sister Makarim," Al Aswany explores the
hypocrisy of the class divide. The brief and tender "Izzat Amin Iskandar" is a
heartrending view of youthful hope. And in the unforgettable novella "The Isam
Abd el-Ati Papers," the narrator carries us along a troubling journey through
his painful relationships with his artist father and his self-centered mother,
en route to a devastating collision of temptation and morality.
Here are stories of generational conflict, love, repression, and the clash of
Western and Arab ideals, all beautifully rendered by a true modern master.