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Title
Cairo - city of sand
Author
Maria Golia
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Reaktion Books
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20040604

Cairo is a 1,400-year-old metropolis whose streets are inscribed with sagas, a place where the pressures of life test people's equanimity to the very limit. Virtually surrounded by desert, sixteen million Cairenes cling to the Nile and each other, proximities that color and shape lives. Packed with incident and anecdote Cairo: City of Sand describes the city's given circumstances and people's attitudes of response. Apart from a brisk historical overview, this book focuses on the present moment of one of the world's most illustrious and irreducible cities.

Cairo steps inside the interactions between Cairenes, examining the roles of family, tradition and bureaucracy in everyday life. The book explores Cairo's relationship with its "others", from the French and British occupations to modern influences like tourism and consumerism. Cairo also discusses characteristic styles of communication, and linguistic mmes, including slang, grandiloquence, curses and jokes.

Cairo exists by virtue of these interactions, synergies of necessity, creativity and the presence or absence of power. Cairo: City of Sand reveals a peerless balancing act, and transmits the city's overriding message: the breadth of the human capacity for loss, astonishment and delight.

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Born in New Jersey and residing in Egypt, writer Maria Golia managed one of America's premier progressive music venues, the Caravan of Dreams Performing Arts Center, in Fort Worth, Texas. She is the author of many books.

"Well-researched, reflective. . . Golia crams her book with anecdotes and personal experience, giving us an intimate picture of an inimitable, modern city."


The Good Book Guide

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Cairo (Egypt) - Description and travel.|Cairo (Egypt) - Social life and customs - 21st century.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
232

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