Set in Cairo between 1997 and 2011, The Crocodiles is narrated in numbered, prose poem-like paragraphs, set against the backdrop of a burning Tahrir Square, by a man looking back on the magical and explosive period of his life when he and two friends started a secret poetry club amid a time of drugs, messy love affairs, violent sex, clumsy but determined intellectual bravado, and retranslations of the Beat poets. Youssef Rakha’s provocative, brutally intelligent novel of growth and change begins with a suicide and ends with a doomed revolution, forcefully capturing thirty years in the life of a living, breathing, daring, burning, and culturally incestuous Cairo.
An address to believing women who are considered to be champions of compassion and self-sacrificing heroes of humanity. A Guide for Women explains the demands of her nature and why she should not succumb to certain bad currents of thought and how her duty of sincere worship to God may be done with particularity to the elevated qualities of her…
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