The Yacoubian Building

The Yacoubian Building

Publishing House: Harper Perennial

Publication Year: 2002

Genre: Novel

Number of Pages: 256

This bestselling novel, a sensation in the Arab world, tackles contentious subjects like political corruption, sexual repression, religious extremism, and contemporary dreams in Egypt. Its backdrop is the Yacoubian Building, once a splendid Art Deco icon in downtown Cairo, now in decay. Within this setting, we meet a cast of complex characters, including a fading aristocrat, a seductive temptress, a devout student, a newspaper editor entangled with a policeman, and a corrupt politician who twists the Koran to justify his desires. Through its unflinching exploration of sexuality and empathy, this book provides a profound window into the dynamics of love and loss in the Arab world, making it a must-read for those curious about the region’s intricacies.

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