The Lodging House
by Khairy Shalaby;Farouk Abdel Wahab (9789774249440)

The Lodging House

Khairy Shalaby;Farouk Abdel Wahab

Release Date: 26 January 2007
Format: Hardback
Pages: 434
Category: Literary
Publisher: American University in Cairo Press
ISBN: 9789774249440
ISBN-10: 9774249445

A young man's dreams for a better future as a student in the Teachers' Institute are shattered after he assaults one of his instructors for discriminating against him. From then on, he begins his descent into the underworld. Penniless, he seeks refuge in Wikalat 'Atiya, a historic but now completely run-down caravanserai that has become the home of the town's marginal and underprivileged characters. This award-winning novel takes on epic dimensions as the narrator escorts us on a journey to this underworld, portraying - as he sinks further into its intricate relationships - the many characters that inhabit it. Through a labyrinth of tales, reminiscent of the popular Arab tradition of storytelling, we are introduced to these marginal beings, whose lives oscillate between the real and the fantastic, the contemporary and the timeless, and to the relationship between the newly marginalized middle class and the already marginal popular class. And while the narrator starts out as a spectator of these characters' lives, he soon becomes an integral part of the lodging house's community of rogues.

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