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Cairo : City of Sand - Maria Golia


City of Sand


Published: 1st July 2004
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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 mêmes, 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.

a magnificent, multidimensional, eloquent and, above all, intelligent portrait of one of the world's most enigmatic places. Sunday Times packed full of observations of enduring worth ... She writes with wit, immediacy, intimacy and humor. Times Literary Supplement I was half way through Golia's book when the enormity of the challenges faced by the ordinary Cairene ... struck me, a Cairene, full force. Al-Ahram Weekly, Cairo Is it possible for a foreigner living in Cairo, even for many years, to know the soul of this city? ... you will be astonished when you read Maria Golia's book. Sabah El-Kher magazine, Cairo the extent of Golia's insider status really shows ... not just regarding matters specific to Cairo, but to matters of Egyptian-ness in general. Beirut Daily Star astonishingly astute, skillfully critical and deeply empathetic. Daily Star, Egypt written with compassion and understanding in brisk descriptions sprinkled with shrewd insights. Middle East Journal

Vanishing Point
Artifice and Edifice
The Guests
Select Bibliography
Photographic Acknowledgements
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ISBN: 9781861891877
ISBN-10: 1861891873
Series: Topographics
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 1st July 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.531