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Poor

Poor is the story of a life of hardship, adversity, and emotional starvation. It is also the story of opportunities squandered and hopes traded away for nothing. Idris Ali's confessional novel begins on an unbearably hot August afternoon in downtown Cairo, where the Nubian narrator has just decided, once and for all, to end his life. He seeks to expunge his failed life in the Nile: the river that had been the lifeblood of his country for millennia, and that with Egypt's new dam now drowns Nubia.

Idris Ali, one of Egypts leading Nubian writers, is the author of three short story collections and six novels, including Dongola (AUC Press, 2006). Self-taught in literature, he attended the Religious Institute of al-Azhar and currently lives in Cairo.

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'A hidden view of the writer's life ... a world that consumes the soul and passion, the changing nature of ocial classes, and marginal existence at the bottom of society.' - Salah Fadl, Egyptian critic

 

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