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Man Who Lost His Shadow [Hardcover]

Fathy Ghanem


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Oct. 1 1994 9774243471 978-9774243479 1
First published in English in 1966, this novel tells the story of Yusif Abdul Hamid, a young and ambitious Cairo journalist, through the eyes of four people in turn: Mabruka, the young peasant girl who marries Yusif's aging father while strongly attracted to Yusif; Samia, a minor actress, who Yusif lives with and almost marries but in the end rejects; Muhammad Nagi, the newspaper editor who then marries Samia and who is pushed out of his job by Yusif; and finally Yusif himself, editor-in-chief of the newspaper al-Ayyam, a stranger to himself, "someone I neither love nor hate."

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Auc Press; 1 edition (Oct. 1 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9774243471
  • ISBN-13: 978-9774243479
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.2 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g

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About the Author

Fathy Ghanem, born in Egypt in 1924, is a writer and journalist who has been editor of Sabah al-Khair magazine and editor-in-chief of al-Gumhuriya newspaper. He currently writes for Rose al-Yusuf magazine.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable Jan. 6 2006
By Alexandra Amilla - Published on Amazon.com
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I read this book 15 years ago and I read it only once, but it remains to be one of the most memorable books that I have ever read. It tells the story of an Egyptian boy/man called Yusif, seen through the eyes of four different people: Mabruka, a young peasant girl who works as a servant, Samia, a minor actress, whom Yusif has a relationship with, Muhammad Nagi, a newspaper editor-in-chief who is Yusif's boss ; and finally we catch a glimp of Yusif's shadow through Yusif's own eyes; an editor of the newspaper al-Ayyam. Fathy Ghanem tells a beautiful but sad tale of a poor boy who turns into a career man, a stranger to himself; "someone I neither love nor hate."

I recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand anything of what life is like in Egypt. GET this book (written in the 60 's!) before it goes out of print - limited availability, but surely a must-have!

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