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If an Egyptian Cannot Speak English

If an Egyptian Cannot Speak English

Noor Naga (Author)

Romance

Edition published in 2022 in English language

In the aftermath of the Arab Spring, an Egyptian American woman and a man from the village of Shobrakheit meet at a café in Cairo. He was a photographer of the revolution, but now finds himself unemployed and addicted to cocaine, living in a rooftop shack. She is a nostalgic daughter of immigrants “returning” to a country she’s never been to before, teaching English and living in a light-filled flat with balconies on all sides. They fall in love and he moves in. But soon their desire—for one another, for the selves they want to become through the other—takes a violent turn that neither of them expected.

 

A dark romance exposing the gaps in American identity politics, especially when exported overseas, If an Egyptian...

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