Friday, 20 May 2011

The Yacoubian Building

The Yacoubian Building is definitely one of my favourite books. First published in 2002 - it was translated into English in 2004 - the book is a portrait of modern Egypt. Using the lives of the residents of the Yacoubian Building as the vehicle, the author- Ali Al Aswani-  weaves a tale incorporating Islamic extremism, vote-rigging, corruption, police brutality, secret second marriages and homosexuality.
It is a book of intense realism and very beautifully written.
The Yacoubian Building really exists in Cairo (you can see a picture below) and it is located in central Cairo.

Recently a movie has been made out of the book and I know that it has been a success in the Arab world.

Pic 1. The Yacoubian Building

Pic 2. The Book

Pics from the movie

You can see a trailer of the movie here

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