The Yacoubian Building

by Alaa Al Aswany

  • ISBN: 9780007243624
  • SKU: 2030301006135

Some live in squalor on its rooftop, others inhabit the faded glory of its apartments and offices — here a womanizing aristocrat, there the secretly gay editor of Le Caire newspaper. Religious fervour jostles with, promiscuity; bribery and exploitation with joy and elation; modern life with ancient culture. Taha, the son of the building's doorman, has aspirations and dreams for himself and his childhood sweetheart Busayna. But when those dreams are dashed on the rocks of corruption, hope turns into bitterness - with devastating consequences ...


‘Bewitching ... a novel about sex, a romantic novel about powerful and a comical yet sympathetic novel about vagaries of the human heart’ New York Times Book Review

‘The stories in this novel are beautifully, simply told — the characters are alive from page one’

Sunday Times

‘A rich and engaging book ... indispensable’

Daily Mail

‘A superbly crafted feat of  storytelling’

Sunday Telegraph

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