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Cell Block Five Hardcover – Apr 29 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: American University of Cairo Press (April 29 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9774161424
  • ISBN-13: 978-9774161421
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 1.5 x 13.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g

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"This short, compact novel is sincere. It tells of a Kafkaesque situation and inhumane behaviour in humane, even beautiful, language." --Socialist Review


"A novel that seems on the surface largely harmless and yet rumbles with a deep and loud indictment."--Complete Review


"Cell Block Five is a wonderfully well-written novel; it is permeated with poetic feelings which convey something inimitable, musical, impalpable, and always unmistakably human."--Arab News


--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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William Maynard Hutchins teaches at Appalachian State University, is the principal translator of Naguib Mahfouz's Cairo Trilogy (AUC Press, 1989-1992), and has most recently translated Ibrahim al-Koni's Anubis (AUC Press, 2005).


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International fiction that rings true nearly forty years later Feb. 9 2009
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The Koran has little description of hell, but some of its believers are spared from experiencing it. "Cell Block Five" is an English translation of the novel. First written in 1971, it's heralded as the first novel exploring the Iraqi prisons, following Aziz, a man ripped from life and is held for being a political prisoner. Touching on human nature's tendency towards cruelty and slightly upbeat all the same, "Cell Block Five" is international fiction that rings true nearly forty years later.

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