The Automobile Club of Egypt

The Automobile Club of Egypt

The beating death of a once-respected Egyptian landowner-turned-servant in a luxury club subjects his widow and sons to poverty and turbulent politics that force the club's oppressed employees to make a life-risking choice.

Author: Alaa Al Aswany

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307947319

Category: Fiction

Page: 496

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From the most popular Egyptian novelist of his generation ("a suitable heir to the mantle worn by Naguib Mahfouz" --The Guardian), a rollicking, exuberant and powerfully moving story of a family swept up by social unrest in post-World War II Cairo. Once a respected landowner, Abd el-Aziz Gaafar fell into penury and moved his family to Cairo, where he was forced into menial work at the Automobile Club--a refuge of colonial luxury for its European members. There, Alku, the lifelong Nubian retainer of Egypt's corrupt and dissolute king, lords it over the staff, a squabbling but tight-knit group, who live in perpetual fear, as they are thrashed for their mistakes, their wages dependent on Alku's whims. When, one day, Abd el-Aziz stands up for himself, he is beaten. Soon afterward, he dies, as much from shame as from his injuries, leaving his widow and four children further impoverished. The family's loss propels them down different paths: the responsible son, Kamel, takes over his late father's post in the Club's storeroom, even as his law school friends seduce him into revolutionary politics; Mahmud joins his brother working at the Club but spends his free time sleeping with older women--for a fee, which he splits with his partner in crime, his devil-may-care workout buddy and neighbor, Fawzy; their greedy brother Said breaks away to follow ambitions of his own; and their only sister, Saleha, is torn between her dream of studying mathematics and the security of settling down as a wife and saving her family. It is at the Club, too, that Kamel's dangerous politics will find the favor and patronage of the king's seditious cousin, an unlikely revolutionary plotter-cum-bon vivant. Soon, both servants and masters will be subsumed by the brewing social upheaval. And the Egyptians of the Automobile Club will face a stark choice: to live safely, but without dignity, or to fight for their rights and risk everything. Full of absorbing incident, and marvelously drawn characters, Alaa Al Aswany's novel gives us Egypt on the brink of changes that resonate to this day. It is an irresistible confirmation of Al Aswany's reputation as one of the Middle East's most beguiling storytellers and insightful interpreters of the human spirit. From the Hardcover edition.
Categories: Fiction

The Automobile Club of Egypt

The Automobile Club of Egypt

In 1905 there were 110 in Cairo and 56 in Alexandria. By 1914 Egypt had imported 218 automobiles. The everincreasing numbers proved the need for an automobile club to deal with all related necessities, such as issuing licenses, ...

Author: Alaa Al Aswany

Publisher: Canongate Books

ISBN: 9780857862228

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

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Cairo at the very end of Ottoman rule. Behind the doors of the Automobile Club of Egypt, Egyptian staff attend to the every need of Cairo's European elite – the way they always have done, it seems. But soon the social upheaval out on the street will break its way through the club's gilded doors, and its inhabitants above and below stairs must all confront their choices: to live safely without dignity, or to fight for their rights and risk everything.
Categories: Fiction

Doria Shafik Egyptian Feminist A Woman apart

Doria Shafik Egyptian Feminist   A Woman apart

To play such a role I had to become aware of everything happening in Egypt . I felt that Cairo's Automobile Club was the best place to learn what was going on . ” What was smoldering within society since the days of Zaghlul , and was ...

Author: Cynthia Nelson

Publisher: American Univ in Cairo Press

ISBN: 9774244133

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 322

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Doria Shafik (1908-1975), catalyzed the suffrage movement as she set up programmes to combat illiteracy, provide economic opportunities for lower-class urban women, and raise the consciousness of middle-class students. This text tells her story.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Egypt

Egypt

To hire In the last few years the Egyptian road a car you must be over 21 years old and network has been well expanded ... Make inquiries beforehand at fer to take people on tours of the sights the Automobile Club of Egypt about the and ...

Author: Eva Ambros

Publisher: Hunter Publishing, Inc

ISBN: 3886181405

Category: Travel

Page: 255

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History and Culture: Pyramids, sphinxes, tombs and temples recall Egypt's ancient past. One of the first and most fascinating civilizations of human history was born here on the banks of the mighty Nile thousands of years ago. Later on caliphs and sultans turned Egypt into an oriental fairy-tale land out of the 1001 Nights -- an atmosphere it has kept to this day. Travel Destinations: Nelles Guide Egypt leads you from Cairo, the pulsating metropolis, to the timeless beauty of the Nile oasis. It covers everything: the magnificient monuments from the days of the Pharaohs, splendid mosques and churches as well as the beautiful beaches of Alexandria and the Red Sea, the bizarre mountains of the Sinai and the pristine oases of the Sahara. Features: The phenomenon of re-Islamization is one of the topics that may deepen the reader's interest in Egypt. Other features report on such subjects as the Aswan dam, the Nobel prize winner Nagib Mahfuz, the art and gods of the pharaohs and the science of egyptology. Nelles Guide Egypt does not stop at describing places, it also presents the complexities of Egyptian life. Travel Information: Whether traveling by boat, road or air, the Guidelines at the end of the book will assist you before and during your journey. The Guideposts at the end of each chapter in the travel section are especially designed to suit every des-tination and offer a great deal of important information about accomodation, hotels, restaurants and more. Book jacket.
Categories: Travel

Tariff Series

Tariff Series

FOREIGN TOURING CLUBS United Kingdom : Automobile Association and Motor Union , Fanum House , Whitcomb St. , London , W. 0. ... Egypt : Egyptian Motorists ' Association , 9 Rue Sesostris , Alexandria ; and Royal Automobile Club of Egypt ...

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ISBN: UFL:31262081379769

Category: Tariff

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Categories: Tariff

Trade Promotion Series

Trade Promotion Series

Dansk Automobil Klub and Forenede Danske Motora jere . Egypt . - Royal Automobile Club d'Egypt . Eritrea . – Touring Club Italiano . Finland . - Suomi Touring Club and Finlands Automobil Klubb . France . - Touring Club de France and ...

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ISBN: OSU:32435063933493

Category: United States

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Categories: United States

Taking Your Car Abroad

Taking Your Car Abroad

Touring Club de Belgique and the Royal Automobile Club de Belgique . Brazil . ... Egypt . - Royal Automobile Club d'Egypt . Eritrea . — Touring Club Italiano . Finland . - Suomi Touring Club and Finlands Automobil Klubb . France .

Author: Robbie P. Wakefield

Publisher:

ISBN: UIUC:30112101554142

Category: Automobile travel

Page: 121

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Categories: Automobile travel

Egypt and the Contradictions of Liberalism

Egypt and the Contradictions of Liberalism

67 Aswany, The Automobile Club of Egypt (New York: Knopf, 2015), 329. The original Arabic edition appeared in 2013, prior to the coup. For the historical role of the Brothers in trade unionism and labor organization, see Ellis Goldberg, ...

Author: Dalia F. Fahmy

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781780748832

Category: Political Science

Page: 416

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The liberatory sentiment that stoked the Arab Spring and saw the ousting of long-time Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak seems a distant memory. Democratically elected president Mohammad Morsi lasted only a year before he was forced from power to be replaced by precisely the kind of authoritarianism protestors had been railing against in January 2011. Paradoxically, this turn of events was encouraged by the same liberal activists and intelligentsia who’d pushed for progressive reform under Mubarak. This volume analyses how such a key contingent of Egyptian liberals came to develop outright illiberal tendencies. Interdisciplinary in scope, it brings together experts in Middle East studies, political science, philosophy, Islamic studies and law to address the failure of Egyptian liberalism in a holistic manner – from liberalism’s relationship with the state, to its role in cultivating civil society, to the role of Islam and secularism in the cultivation of liberalism. A work of impeccable scholarly rigour, Egypt and the Contradictions of Liberalism reveals the contemporary ramifications of the state of liberalism in Egypt.
Categories: Political Science