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In Search of Ali Mahmoud; An American Woman in Egypt

Gornick, Vivian

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ISBN 10: 0841502420 / ISBN 13: 9780841502420
Published by Saturday Review Press/ E. P. Dutton & Company, Inc, New York, 1973
Condition: Good Hardcover
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22 cm. [8], 343, [1] pages. DJ is price clipped and has wear, soiling, and some damp staining at bottom edge. Vivian Gornick (born June 14, 1935) is an American critic, journalist, essayist, and memoirist. She was a reporter for the Village Voice from 1969 to 1977. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, and other publications. In 1969, the radical feminist group New York Radical Feminists was founded by Shulamith Firestone and Anne Koedt; Firestone's and Koedt's desire to start this new group was aided by Gornick's 1969 Village Voice article, "The Next Great Moment in History Is Theirs". The end of this essay announced the formation of the group and included a contact address and phone number, raising considerable national interest from prospective members. Gornick has also published eleven books. She teaches writing at The New School. In Search of Ali Mahmoud: an American Woman in Egypt was nominated for the 1974 National Book Award. Derived from a Kirkus review: Ms. Gornick made this trip on account of a man -- Ali Mahmoud, a Harvard grad and Arab who played Romeo to her Jewish-American Juliet. Ali's family in Cairo, hosting her in his absence, advised concealment of her ethnic origins which she did for the most part, until she let that cat out of the bag inopportunely. Gornick does not deny that there were Arabs in her sexual fantasies. She was able to get around. One finds, at the end, that she's really on an ego-trip in search of a "lost innocence" and happiness in which she would be hanging clothes on the line, just like her mother did. In the throes of an unfinished revolution, Egypt emerges as a bureaucratic, inefficient and poverty-stricken society; its discontented elite has copied the West of 30 years ago. Gornick produced an edited diary of her meetings and goings, momentarily intriguing, but ultimately just girl-to-girl talk about a long vacation. Bookseller Inventory # 38922

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Title: In Search of Ali Mahmoud; An American Woman ...

Publisher: Saturday Review Press/ E. P. Dutton & Company, Inc, New York

Publication Date: 1973

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

Edition: Presumed First Edition, First printing.

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