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Whirlwinds of Nostalgia (2003)

Dawwamat Al-Hanin (Whirlwinds of Nostalgia), Na'im Sabri, Cairo: Al-Hadara Publications, 2003.

Na'im Sabri's sixth novel, this book is set, once again, in Shubra, where most of the author's unpretentious explorations of middle-class life take place. Centred on two generations within one such middle-class family, the novel's cast of characters is increasingly narrowed down until it is reduced to the youngest, Medo, tracing his upward mobility through Egyptian society, his numerous love affairs and concluding with his death.

Reminiscent of Naguib Mahfouz's naturalistic phase, the book proceeds slowly, sedately, revelling in detail.

The writer, who has produced three collections of poetry and two verse plays, seems to have found his voice increasingly in the novel -- a fact to which the present book bears testimony.

From: Al Ahram weekly - 15-21 May 2003



دوامات الحنين - 2003

تعرض الرواية لحياة أسرة مصرية من خلال أربعة أجيال. تبتدئ بقصة حب بين سعيد وعايدة بالإسكندرية التي انتهت بهروب عايدة من أهلها بالإسكندرية وسفرها مع سعيد إلى القاهرة ثم زواجها منه. تتابع الرواية أبناء سعيد وعايدة الخمسة ومسار حياتهم، مراحل تعليمهم وزواج بعضهم، كما توضح تأثير ما يحدث من مشاكل وصراعات بين سعيد وعايدة على مصائر أبنائهم وانعكاساتها على تشكيل سلوكياتهم. تبدأ أحداث الرواية من ثلاثينيات القرن العشرين وتستمر حتى الوقت الحالي‏.‏


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