February 2018 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

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Author Cassandra Vivian donates rare Egypt collection to AUC

Thousands of her black-and-white photographs of Egypt spanning more than three decades, detailed travel notes of her keen exploration of the Western Desert from the 1970s, as well as archival notes and dispatches acquired from the British Army...

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Mummies, Monsters, and the Ship of Millions
By Leena Pekkalainen
Another hilarious adventure for children with Mr. Mummific, the mummy with attitude. Having described his death and long mummification process in his last book...

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