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I just finished reading L'Immeuble Yacoubian by Alaa Al Aswany. The story is shaped around a building, but the characters take us through the various neighborhoods of Cairo. It's a fresco retracing political, religious, social and historical Egypt. A great read and a great introduction to the city.
I did a tagmach on fiction, Cairo to see what other books come up, besides the Yacoubian Building, whch was second on this listing.
Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz.
Dreamers of the Day: A Novel by Mary Doria Russell.
Palace of Desire by Naguib Mahfouz
Sugar Street by Naguib Mahfouz
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
The Map of Love: A Novel by Ahdaf Soueif.
Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively
The Arabian Nightmare by Robert Irwin.
The athtor link for Naguib Mahfouz is: http://www.librarything.com/author/mahfouznaguib
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