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Abd el-Aziz Gaafar, formerly a well-respected landowner now in the grip of penury, moves his family to Cairo and takes on menial work at the Automobile Club?a place of refuge and luxury for its European members, but one 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 of Egypt?public and private?both servants and masters are subsumed by the country?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. Printed Pages: 496. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 96984
Titel: The Automobile Club of Egypt
Verlag: Random House India
Auflage: First edition.
Buchbeschreibung Canongate Books Ltd. Apr 2016, 2016. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Neu. 231x153x43 mm. Neuware - The servants, a squabbling, humorous and deeply human group, live in a perpetual state of fear under the tyrannical rule of Alku. When Abd el-Aziz Gaafar becomes the target of Alku's cruelty and his pride gets the better of him, a devastating act sends ripples through his family. Soon, the Gaafars are drawn into the turbulent politics of the club - both public and private - and servants and masters are subsumed by Egypt's social upheaval. Egyptians both inside and outside the Automobile Club will all face a stark choice: to live safely without dignity, or to fight for their rights and risk everything. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9780857862204