This arguable bestselling novel within the Arab international finds the political corruption, sexual repression, spiritual extremism, and glossy hopes of Egypt this day.
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These disparate lives careen towards an explosive end in Alaa Al Aswany's striking overseas bestseller. Teeming with frank sexuality and heartfelt compassion, this booklet is a vital window directly to the event of loss and love within the Arab world.
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