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City of Love and Ashes

Cairo, January 1952. Hamza is a committed young radical struggling to end British occupation. Fawziya is a woman supporting the cause. And among the ashes of the city love may grow, but at a time of national struggle what place do personal feelings have beside the greater love for a shackled homeland? Yusuf Idris brings life to the soul of a national consciousness focused on liberation.

Yusuf Idris was one of the great figures of twentieth-century Arabic literature. He was born in 1927, graduated from medical college in 1951, and practiced medicine for several years. His first collection of stories was published in 1956. In 1960 he gave up medicine to become editor of the Cairo daily newspaper al-Gumhuriya, and he continued to write and publish prolifically until his death in 1991. R. Neil Hewison is the translator of Wedding Night by Yusuf Abu Rayya (AUC Press, 2006), and the author of The Fayoum: History and Guide (AUC Press, 3rd ed. 2001).

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