December 2017 e-Newsletter


Book of The Month

The Diaries of Waguih Ghali
An Egyptian Writer in the Swinging Sixties Volume 2: 1966–68
Edited by May Hawas 



These are the  captivating diaries of Waguih Ghali, the Egyptian political exile, novelist, and libertine intellectual in sixties Europe, perhaps better know as the author of the widely acclaimed novel Beer in the Snooker Club, who committed suicide in the London flat of his editor, friend, and sometimes lover, Diana Athill.

This second volume of the diaries covers the period from 1966 to 1968. Moving from West Germany to London and Israel, and back in memory to Egypt and Paris, the entries boast of endless drinking, countless love affairs, and of mingling with the dazzling intellectuals of London. The Diaries also critique the sinister political circles of Jerusalem and Cairo, describe Ghali’s trepidation at being the first Egyptian allowed into Israel after the 1967 War, and confess in detail the pain and difficulties of writing and exile.

“Ghali’s struggles and insecurities feel terribly familiar, and it is oddly comforting to see them laid bare.”—Lara El Gibaly, Mada Masr

HomeFAQsPurchasing PoliciesAUCSite FeedbackSite MapSite Credits
Copyright © 2014 AUC Press, All Rights Reserved.