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Recommended books (9)
Travel the world without leaving your chair. The target of the Read Around The World Challenge is to read at least one book written by an author from each and every country in the world. All books that are listed here as part of the Read Around Africa Challenge were written by authors from egypt. Find a great book for the next part of your reading journey around the world from this book list. The following popular books have been recommended so far.

1.

A Map of Love by Ahdaf Soueif EN

Rating: 4     32 Votes
Country: Africa / Egypt flag Egypt
Description:
In 1900 Lady Anna Winterbourne travels to Egypt where she falls in love with Sharif, and Egyptian Nationalist utterly committed to his country's cause. A hundred years later, Isabel Parkman, an American divorcee and a descendant of Anna and Sharif, goes to Egypt, taking with her an old family trunk, inside which are found notebooks and journals which reveal Anna and Sharif's secret.
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Recommended: 17 May 2018

2.

Beer in the Snooker Club by Waguih Ghali EN

Rating: 3.6     4 Votes
Country: Africa / Egypt flag Egypt
Description:
Behind the bar at Jameel's in Cairo hang two mugs engraved with the names of Ram and Font. During their years together in London, they drank many a pint of Bass from these mugs. But there is no Bass in Nasser's Egypt, so Ram and Font have to make do with a heady mixture of beer, vodka and whisky. Yearning for Bass they long to be far from a revolution that neither serves the people nor allows their rich aunts to live the life of leisure they are accustomed to. Stranded between two cultures, Ram and Font must choose between dangerous political opposition and reluctant acquiescence. First publis... continue
Recommended: 08 Oct 2022

3.

Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz EN

Rating: 4     21 Votes
Country: Africa / Egypt flag Egypt
Description:
Palace Walk is the first novel in Nobel Prize-winner Naguib Mahfouz’s magnificent Cairo Trilogy, an epic family saga of colonial Egypt that is considered his masterwork. The novels of the Cairo Trilogy trace three generations of the family of tyrannical patriarch al-Sayyid Ahmad Abd al-Jawad, who rules his household with a strict hand while living a secret life of self-indulgence. Palace Walk introduces us to his gentle, oppressed wife, Amina, his cloistered daughters, Aisha and Khadija, and his three sons—the tragic and idealistic Fahmy, the dissolute hedonist Yasin, and the soul-searching in... continue
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Recommended: 02 Jan 2018

4.

The Hidden Face of Eve : Women in the Arab World by Nawal El Saadawi, Nawāl Saʻdāwī EN

Rating: 4.5     3 Votes
Country: Africa / Egypt flag Egypt
Description:
This powerful account of the oppression of women in the Muslim world remains as shocking today as when it was first published, more than a quarter of a century ago. Nawal El Saadawi writes out of a powerful sense of the violence and injustice which permeated her society. Her experiences working as a doctor in villages around Egypt, witnessing prostitution, honour killings and sexual abuse, including female circumcision, drove her to give voice to this suffering. She goes on explore the causes of the situation through a discussion of the historical role of Arab women in religion and literature.... continue
Recommended: 07 Sep 2022

5.

The Queue by Basma Abdel Aziz EN

Rating: 5     1 Vote
Country: Africa / Egypt flag Egypt
Description:
"The Queue ... has drawn comparisons to Western classics like George Orwell’s 1984 and The Trial by Franz Kafka. It represents a new wave of dystopian and surrealist fiction from Middle Eastern writers who are grappling with the chaotic aftermath and stinging disappointments of the Arab Spring." -- The New York Times Winner of the English PEN Translation Award In a surreal, but familiar, vision of modern day Egypt, a centralized authority known as ‘the Gate’ has risen to power in the aftermath of the ‘Disgraceful Events,’ a failed popular uprising. Citizens are required to obtain permission fr... continue
Recommended: 07 Apr 2022

6.

The Translator by Leila Aboulela EN

Rating: 4     11 Votes
Country: Africa / Egypt flag Egypt
Description:
Although they work in the same department at Aberdeen University, she as a translator, he as a lecturer in Postcolonial Politics, Sammar and Rae live in worlds divided by simple facts
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Recommended: 04 Sep 2022

7.

The Yacoubian Building by Alaa Al Aswany EN

Rating: 3.5     33 Votes
Country: Africa / Egypt flag Egypt
Description:
"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; bridery 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 to bitterness - with devasting consequences..." -- back cover.
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Recommended: 17 May 2018

8.

What Strange Paradise : A novel by Omar El Akkad EN

Rating: 4.4     13 Votes
Country: Africa / Egypt flag Egypt
Description:
A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR • From the widely acclaimed, bestselling author of American War—a beautifully written, unrelentingly dramatic, and profoundly moving novel that looks at the global refugee crisis through the eyes of a child. "Told from the point of view of two children, on the ground and at sea, the story so astutely unpacks the us-versus-them dynamics of our divided world that it deserves to be an instant classic." —The New York Times Book Review More bodies have washed up on the shores of a small island. Another overfilled, ill-equipped, dilapidated ship has sunk und... continue

9.

Woman at Point Zero by Nawal El Saadawi EN

Rating: 4     16 Votes
Country: Africa / Egypt flag Egypt
Description:
"All the men I did get to know, every single man of them, has filled me with but one desire: to lift my hand and bring it smashing down on his face. But because I am a woman I have never had the courage to lift my hand. And because I am a prostitute, I hid my fear under layers of make-up." --Excerpt
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Recommended: 21 May 2022


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