Magazine article New Internationalist

War in the Land of Egypt

Magazine article New Internationalist

War in the Land of Egypt

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War in the Land of Egypt by Yusuf al-Qa'id translated by Olive and Lome Kelly and Christopher Tingley (Arris Books ISBN 1 84437 033 X)

Written in 1975 and banned in the author's country of birth, War in the Land of Egypt is the first of Yusuf al-Qa'id's 11 novels to be translated into English. The action takes place during the 1973 Yom Kippur War, as the son of a village chief is called up to join the army. With the help of a local fixer, the chief bribes a night-guard to send his own son instead. This boy, Masri or 'Egyptian', is the only character named and yet he is the only one without a voice as he is not allowed to tell us directly of his life. Instead his tale is told by others-a series of six narrators, each of whom reveal only the part of the story they are familiar with, and who are, to varying degrees, unreliable witnesses. …

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