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The Times Travels of the Pickle and Sweet Vendor - Khairy Shalaby

The Times Travels of the Pickle and Sweet Vendor

By: Khairy Shalaby, Michael Cooperson (Translator)

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Ibn Shalabi, like many Egyptians, is looking for a job. Yet, unlike most of his fellow citizens, he is prone to sudden dislocations in time. Armed with his trusty briefcase and his Islamic-calendar wristwatch, he bounces uncontrollably through the Fatimid, Ayyubid, and Mamluk periods, with occasional return visits to the 1990s. Along the way, he meets celebrities such as Jawhar, the founder of Cairo. He also encounters other time travellers, including the historian Maqrizi. In every age, he is forced to match wits with ordinary Egyptians from all walks of life. After his cassette recorder fails to impress a Fatimid caliph, he finds himself trapped in the 1300s. He joins the barbarians, cannibals, and prisoners of war who have taken over the monumental Storehouse of Banners and set up their own state in defiance of the Mamluk order. Forced to play the role of double agent, Ibn Shalabi is caught up in the struggle between the rebels and the ruling dynasty.

The Caliph's Invitationp. 1
Too Late for Everything except the Demolitionp. 10
Dying of Hunger at the Golden Gatep. 21
History on the Auction Blockp. 31
Emigrating to Work in Distant Agesp. 42
Not a Banner Year: Detained in the Storehouse of Bannersp. 52
Locking Out the Doorkeepersp. 63
When Prison Becomes Homep. 74
The Imprisoned Cannibals Found a Powerful Statep. 85
Oppression Does Wonders for Oppressionp. 96
A Sultan Undone by the Sultanatep. 106
No Way around Impalement, Even for the Innocentp. 116
The Dregs of Madnessp. 126
Tougher than Camelsp. 137
A Pedigree More Servile than the Sultan'sp. 147
The Joys of the Rabble and the Mercy of the Emirsp. 157
A River to Water Shriveled Heartsp. 168
Swim in the Sea of Love … and Drink from the Wells of Greedp. 178
Crying When It's Time to Laugh: A Genuine Egyptian Talentp. 188
Night at the Citadel … and the Citadel by Nightp. 199
A Low-Fidelity Abul Fidap. 210
Black Slave Women and Blue Eyesp. 220
War Declared against the Storehouse of Bannersp. 230
A Morning Draped in the Robe of Godp. 240
Translator's Afterwordp. 249
Glossaryp. 255
Date Concordancesp. 261
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ISBN: 9789774163913
ISBN-10: 9774163915
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 302
Published: 15th November 2010
Country of Publication: EG
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.66