Coverart for item
The Resource The Automobile Club of Egypt, Alaa Al Aswany ; translated from the Arabic by Russell Harris

The Automobile Club of Egypt, Alaa Al Aswany ; translated from the Arabic by Russell Harris

Label
The Automobile Club of Egypt
Title
The Automobile Club of Egypt
Statement of responsibility
Alaa Al Aswany ; translated from the Arabic by Russell Harris
Creator
Contributor
Author
Translator
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • ara
  • eng
Summary
Abd el-Aziz Gaafar, formerly a well-respected landowner now in the grip of penury, moved his family to Cairo and took on menial work at the Automobile Club - a place of refuge and luxury for its European members, a place where Egyptians may appear only as servants. Alku, the lifelong Nubian servant of Egypt's corrupt king, runs the show in all but name. The servants, a squabbling, humorous, and deeply human group, live in a perpetual state of fear: beaten for their mistakes, their wages dependent on Alku's whims. When Abd el-Aziz's pride gets the better of him and he stands up for himself, his death - as much from shame as from his injuries after Alku has him beaten - leaves his widow further impoverished, and two of his sons obliged to work in the Club. As the family is drawn into the turbulent politics - public and private - both servants and masters are subsumed by Egypt's social upheaval. Soon the Egyptians of the Automobile Club face a stark choice: to live safely but without dignity as servants, or to fight for their rights and risk everything
Member of
Summary
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
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10435880
Cataloging source
ANL
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1957-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Aswānī, Alaa Al
Dewey number
892.737
Illustrations
  • portraits
  • genealogical tables
Index
no index present
Language note
Translated from Arabic
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1966-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Harris, Russell
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Automobiles
  • Clubs
  • Egypt
  • Egypt
Target audience
general
Label
The Automobile Club of Egypt, Alaa Al Aswany ; translated from the Arabic by Russell Harris
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
Originally published in Arabic: [Cairo], England : Dar El Shorouk, 2013
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • still image
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • sti
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000054869290
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
475 pages
Isbn
9781926428390
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
portraits, genealogical table
System control number
(OCoLC)911123344
Label
The Automobile Club of Egypt, Alaa Al Aswany ; translated from the Arabic by Russell Harris
Publication
Copyright
Note
Originally published in Arabic: [Cairo], England : Dar El Shorouk, 2013
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • still image
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • sti
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000054869290
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
475 pages
Isbn
9781926428390
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
portraits, genealogical table
System control number
(OCoLC)911123344

Library Locations

    • Lionel Bowen Library and Community CentreBorrow it
      669-673 Anzac Parade, Marouba, NSW, 2035, AU
      -33.938111 151.237977
Processing Feedback ...