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Hookah Nights
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Subtitle Tales from Cairo
By Anne-Marie Drosso
Published By

Darf Publishers

ISBN 9781850773146
Fiction Genre Short Stories
Publication Date 03/23/2018
Price 8.99
Paperback Hyperlink https://darfpublishers.co.uk/product/hookah-nights-tales-from-cairo/
Ebook Hyperlink https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hookah-Nights-Tales-Anne-Marie-Drosso-ebook/dp/B07D5MCP1M


Anne-Marie Drosso’s collection of fourteen short stories guides us through the turbulence of Egyptian modern history – from Gamal Abdel Nasser’s early days of glory to Abdel Fatah el- Sisi’s recent assumption of power. Each story weaves a tapestry of hope, crisis and despair illustrated by an array of characters trying to make sense of their lives in the face of social change and political turmoil. Drosso fictionalises potent segments of time from the mid-20th century onwards, revisiting illuminative figures from and affiliated with the ‘Cradle of Civilisation’.

The collection kicks off with ‘Good Man’, a story based on the life and death of writer and diplomat Herbert Norman (1909- 1957), who was the Canadian Ambassador to Egypt (1955-1957) during the Suez Crisis. ‘Lee is Coming’ is loosely based on Lee Miller (1907-1977), the model, muse and photographer, following her divorce from an Egyptian businessman. These personal, often touching tales provide a seamless narrative to Egypt’s tumultuous transitional phase.

Authors Biography

Anne-Marie Drosso was born in Cairo, Egypt, in 1951. She left in her early twenties for Vancouver, Canada, studying for her PhD in Economics, and later completed a Law degree. In 1999, Drosso began writing fiction after returning to Egypt. Her first release was the short story collection, Cairo Stories (Telegram Books, 2007), followed by her first novel, In Their Father’s Country (Telegram Books, 2009). Drosso now resides in Vancouver.

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