Beyond Paradise

Publishing House: Al Ain Publishing House

Publication Year: 2009

Genre: Novel

Number of Pages: 222

In “Beyond Paradise,” author Mansoura Ez Eldin explores the complexities of Egypt’s rural middle class through her protagonist, Salma, who serves as the editor of a literary magazine.

Salma grapples with a tarnished self-perception, seeking liberation from a history filled with emotional scars. In an attempt to reconcile with her past, she writes a novel chronicling her family’s multi-faceted history covering love, bodily experiences, social mobility in her village, mental illness, and the act of writing itself.

This journey bifurcates Salma’s identity: she becomes both an observer and narrator in the present, while simultaneously plumbing the hidden recesses of her memories.

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