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Birds Of Amber
Meguid’s trilogy on the fabled city of Alexandria takes as its subject a community of railroad workers who inhabit low income neighborhoods along the city’s Mahmudiya Canal. The year is 1956, and against the backdrop of the Suez War, an unlikely band of brothers begin to make forays into the "Other Alexandria,” the cosmopolitan European city, now being abandoned by the Greeks, Italians and Jews, who are fleeing in droves.

   
Ibrahim Abdel Meguid was awarded the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature for his novel The Other Place (AUC Press, 1997). He is the author of a number of other novels, including No One Sleeps in Alexandria (AUC Press, 1999). Farouk Abdel Wahab, the Ibn Rushd Professorial Lecturer in Arabic at the University of Chicago, has translated numerous Arabic works of fiction, most recently A Certain Woman by Hala El Badry (AUC Press, 2003).

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