Fiction in Translation
English edition  
September  2005
316 pp.
12.5X20 cm
ISBN 9789774249587
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The Other Place

Ibrahim Abdel Meguid
Translated by Farouk Abdel Wahab

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The Other Place portrays the shallowness of the petrodollar culture and the price one pays for quick money. The protagonist of this prize-winning novel, an educated middle-class Egyptian from Alexandria, describes his experiences and those of migrant workers and professionals in one of the Gulf states, and their interaction with the oil-rich country’s local elite and with agents of western businesses. The book pictures rather than states the desolation brought about when market values take over and the ravages that such an order causes to all who partake in it. Ibrahim Abdel Meguid succeeds in representing imaginatively the important phenomenon of migration and the barren landscape of the petrodollar culture, and at the same time penetrates the rationalizing mechanisms of the migrants and their psychological make-up. The Other Place was awarded the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature in 1996. “Ibrahim Abdel Meguid has already established himself as one of our major authors.” — Naguib Mahfouz “What raises The Other Place to the level of a universal discourse is its combination of critical realism with a subtle symbolic dimension.” — Award Committee, Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature
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Ibrahim Abdel Meguid has combined critical and creative writing throughout his literary career. Soon after completing a B.A. in philosophy at Alexandria University, he published his first novel, and soon took up the position of Consultant for Cultural Matters at the Popular Culture Council. Farouk Abdel Wahab was Ibn Rushd Professorial Lecturer in Arabic at the University of Chicago. He was the translator of many works of Arabic fiction, including Gamal al-Ghitani’s The Book of Epiphanies (AUC Press, 2012). He won the 2007 Saif Ghobash–Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation for his translation of The Lodging House, by Khairy Shalaby (AUC Press pbk, 2008). He died in 2013.

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