Kadıköy book club > The Yacoubian building
For our June meeting we will discuss "The Yacoubian building", a novel by the Egyptian writer Alaa Al Aswany.
This controversial bestselling novel in the Arab world reveals the political corruption, sexual repression, religious extremism, and modern hopes of Egypt today. All manner of flawed and fragile humanity reside in the Yacoubian Building, a once-elegant temple of Art Deco splendor now slowly decaying in the smog and bustle of downtown Cairo: a fading aristocrat and self-proclaimed "scientist of women"; a sultry, voluptuous siren; a devout young student, feeling the irresistible pull toward fundamentalism; a newspaper editor helplessly in love with a policeman; a corrupt and corpulent politician, twisting the Koran to justify his desires.
These disparate lives careen toward an explosive conclusion in Alaa Al Aswany's remarkable international bestseller.
Read this novel and join us for a discussion. We will meet in a cafe in Kadıköy, the venue will be announced a few days before the event. As always please only click on attend if you are actually attending the event, we need to know how many people are coming to be able to make a reservation.
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