Middle East Travel
English edition  
148 pp.
150 color photographs 
21X21 cm
ISBN 9789774167560
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Cairo Inside Out

Trevor Naylor
Photographs by Doriana Dimitrova

A whole new approach to seeing one of the world’s great cities

Cairo is a city of splendor and spectacle, long celebrated as much for its warmth and bustling street life as for the legacy of its tumultuous past. Yet for the countless visitors who fall under its spell, the prolonged din of its crowds and traffic can seem overwhelming at times, tempting them out of the city’s open spaces into its shadow light, the cooler, quieter interiors of restaurants, homes, hotels, and terraces. Cairo Inside Out evokes the light and moods of this great metropolis with stunning photographs shot from the city’s indoor havens. We observe it through and from nostalgic haunts, such as Café Riche and the Windsor Hotel, and look out onto its great sights—the Nile, the Red Pyramid at Dahshur, Ibn Tulun mosque—from the most intimate urban interiors, homes, and watersides. For those who may have lived in Cairo, this is a reminder of a city that moves and yet remains wonderfully unchanged. For visitors and residents, this evocative collection, an unabashed homage to Cairo’s persistent color and allure, will inspire them to visit those places once more.

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Trevor Naylor is the co-author of A Roving Eye: Head to Toe in Egyptian Arabic Expressions (AUC Press, 2014) and author of Living Normally: Where Life Comes Before Style. He lives normally in Cairo. Doriana Dimitrova is a Bulgarian photographer who has lived and worked in Cairo. She is the photographer of A Roving Eye: Head to Toe in Egyptian Arabic Expressions (AUC Press, 2014).

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"A super book. [It] made me want to go back to places I haven’t set foot in in decades. No one could have presented the Protected City more succulently."—Humphrey Davies, translator of The Yacoubian Building//endoftext//endoftext“…aims to be what Cairo is: “unusual and hard to explain.” The text is accompanied by extensive photos whose goal is to capture mood and transition through light and color. They include scenes of houseboat interiors and views out onto the Nile River, the timeless appeal of the old Windsor hotel and its Barrel Bar, the mix of architectural styles in central Cairo, the Anglo-Egyptian bookshop, the mausoleum of Ibn Barquq built in 1400, and of course, the pyramids, especially seen from the gorgeous interior of the Mena House Hotel. As Naylor presents the city, Dimitrova’s photos bring the text to life, creating a perfect seduction.”—Publishers Weekly//endoftext//endoftext"This is a delightful book that will enrich a visit to Cairo for both first-timers and those who think they already know the city well . . . The richness of the book lies in its identification of places that a visitor might overlook, even if they are in the guidebooks . . . This book will send me on new adventures next time I am there"—Andrew Cunningham, Arab Bankers Association//endoftext//endoftext""Cairo Inside Out" is a reflection on Cairo; it exudes a certain something, indefinable, inexplicable, an elusive quality which is part of the city's fabric. This book takes you to the heart of Cairo. Naylor conveys in words and pictures the moods and light of a city steeped in history, a city that is both eternal and ever changing. The text is superb and the photographs "talk." What a wonderful book this is. But wonderful just does not seem good enough."—Lisa Kaaki, Arab News//endoftext//endoftext"Both Naylor and Dimitrova are experts in their field, but it is the combination of their crafts that creates the book’s aesthetic impact which is often breathtaking."—Sally Bland, Jordan Times//endoftext//endoftext"Cairo Inside Out is not a book to be read once only. One will want to return to it again and again."—Sally Bland, The Jordan Times//endoftext//endoftext"Breathtaking."—Sally Bland, The Jordan Times//endoftext//endoftext"This richly illustrated book lovingly explores Cairo through insiders' eyes and lenses. Naylor and Dimitrova stroll through many of Cairo's most famous neighborhoods (Zamalek, Old Cairo, Downtown) and visit monuments and locales (the Citadel, Khan al-Khalili marketplace, the Pyramids) in the locations' quieter moments, often at dawn, when life is just stirring. The perspective is inside-looking out: the Arabian Nights-inspired architecture of the "impressively renovated Mu'izz Il-Din Illah Street" shot through latticework window screens, or foot traffic outside the city's famous Anglo-Egyptian bookstore, viewed through its window displays of books. Even the Spinx and Great Pyramid share the photographic stage with the trinkets and postcards astride a gift-shop doorway that frames a view of the monuments. These carefully captured perspectives speak volumes without shouting."--AramcoWorld

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