Cairo

City of Sand

Maria Golia

Cairo is a 1,400-year old metropolis whose streets are inscribed with sagas, a place where the pressures of life test people’s equanimity to the lim

English edition
232 pp.
36 illus.
15.6X23.4cm
ISBN 9789774248764
For sale only in the Middle East

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Cairo is a 1,400-year old metropolis whose streets are inscribed with sagas, a place where the pressures of life test people’s equanimity to the limit. Virtually surrounded by desert, sixteen million Cairenes cling to the Nile and each other, proximities that color and shape lives. Packed with incident and anecdote, Cairo: City of Sand describes the city’s given circumstances and people’s attitudes of response. Apart from a brisk historical overview, this book focuses on the present moment of one of the world’s most illustrious and irreducible cities. Cairo steps inside the interactions between Cairenes, examining the roles of family, tradition, and bureaucracy in everyday life. The book explores Cairo’s relationship with its ‘others,’ from the French and British occupations to modern influences like tourism and consumerism. Cairo also discusses characteristic styles of communication, and linguistic memes, including slang, grandiloquence, curses, and jokes. Cairo exists by virtue of these interactions, synergies of necessity, creativity, and the presence or absence of power. Cairo, City of Sand reveals a peerless urban balancing act, and transmits the city’s overriding message: the breadth of the human capacity for loss, astonishment, and delight.

Maria Golia

<p>Maria Golia is a long-time resident of Cairo and the author of <a href="https://www.aucpress.com/p-3648-photography-and-egypt.aspx"><em>Photography and Egypt</em> </a> (AUC Press, 2009) and <a href="https://www.aucpress.com/p-3278-cairo.aspx"><em>Cairo: City of Sand</em></a> (AUC Press, 2004). To read more about her books and work, visit <a href="https://mariagolia.wordpress.com/">mariagolia.wordpress</a>.</p>
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