Category Archives: Al Aswany, Alaa

“Master of His Own Destiny”: Alaa Al Aswany, The Automobile Club of Egypt

A great leap forward was made by the American Henry Ford, who started mass-producing cars. His strategy was to reduce the profit margin but increase the volume of production and sales. This was based on a simple conviction — that the employees of his own factory should be able to afford an automobile. And so […]

Alaa Al Aswany, The Yacoubian Building

I didn’t realize until I finished The Yacoubian Building how its characters and stories had caught me up emotionally. The consistently flat narration–I’m not sure if this is a function of the translation or a genuine reflection of Al Aswany’s style–and the dispersal of our attention across multiple plots conspired against any strong feelings except […]

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