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Alaa Al Aswany’s The Yacoubian Building

$title - $authorWhile Meg Gardiner continues to tear up the North American bestseller charts on AbeBooks.com (netting her second week at the #1 spot for China Lake),  Alaa Al Aswany has broken into the Top Ten Bestsellers in the UK with The Yacoubian Building.  The book was a huge hit in the Arab world becoming the bestselling Arabic novel in recent history and has now been translated into English.  The fact that the book engages with the issues of corruption, homophobia, sexism, Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism made it too interesting for western publishers to pass up.  There are good reviews in The Independent, The Guardian, and The Scotsman.

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