It must be “Egypt fiction” week, as Donna McIlvain posted a list just before me on her “Bookpaths” blog. Hers, however, are books not so much by Egyptians (some, of course, are) but about Egypt, often by Westerners. The list includes Rodenbeck’s Cairo: The City Victorious, its stated aim is to take you on a trip to different cities.
I feel remiss in not noting Yusuf Abu Rayya (1955-2009) on my list, whose Wedding Night I greatly enjoyed. A few other books “about” Egypt deserve mention: Amitav Ghosh’s In an Antique Land, and Durrell’s books set in Alexandria, of course.
Other choices seem quite random: I assume The night of the dog: a Mamur Zapt mystery (Michael Pearce) and The ape who guards his balance: an Amelia Peabody mystery (Elizabeth Peters) are both set in Egypt, but….
She also has a list for Algeria.
My Egypt book list, which (for better or worse) only lists…Egyptians.