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    Book of Epiphanies An Egyptian Novel

    ISBN-10: 9774165462
    ISBN-13: 9789774165467
    Edition: 2012
    Description: In this surrealist novel with political and religious aspects and an edge of satire, the narrator is an unseen, unheard presence with the privilege of observing events from the past, mostly those involving his father and grandfather. Inanimate  More...
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    Copyright Year: 2012
    Publisher: American University in Cairo Press
    Publication Date: 9/15/2012
    Binding: Paperback
    Pages: 288
    Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
    Weight: 0.836
    Language: English

    In this surrealist novel with political and religious aspects and an edge of satire, the narrator is an unseen, unheard presence with the privilege of observing events from the past, mostly those involving his father and grandfather. Inanimate objects that have "witnessed" events (such as a date palm, or a brick in a hospital wall) report to the narrator, who seems to know no temporal or physical boundaries.A sense of displaced time saturates the blending of real and unreal events, such as the fight in the desert around Karbala against Israel and the forces of the West (including William Casey (the former CIA director), the narrator's father, Gamal Abdel Nasser, and al-Husayn). Nasser, who has miraculously reappeared after his death, is shocked and appalled to find that peace has been brokered with Israel and that Israelis have made Egypt a holiday destination.

    Gamal al-Ghitani was born in 1945 and is the author of the Mahfouz Dialogues (2007), Zayni Barakat (Penguin, 1988) Pyramid Texts (AUC, 2007) and The Zafarani Files (Arabia Books, 2009). He is the Editor in Chief of the Cairo Literary Review and his novels have been translated into many languages.

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