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World Book Club

BBC World Service

Society & Culture, Personal Journals

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Personal Journals 44

World Book Club invites the globe's great authors to discuss their best known novel. Presented by Harriett Gilbert, includes questions from World Service listeners.

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World Book Club: Alaa Al Aswany

September 12th, 2007

Episode 184 of 345 episodes

Harriett Gilbert talks to acclaimed Egyptian writer Alaa Al-Aswany about his bestselling novel The Yacoubian Building. It was the Arab world’s number-one bestseller for five years running after it was published in 2002. The Yacoubian Building interweaves the stories of a group of diverse characters who live and work in downtown Cairo. A moving study of politics and power, sex and revenge - centred on the apartment building - the Yacoubian building, which still stands in Cairo today. The novel offers a compelling yet daringly scathing portrayal of modern Egypt since the Revolution of 1952.

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