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Book Synopsis:
Beyond Paradise

Mansoura Ez Eldin

Beyond Paradise (El-Ain Publishing, Egypt, 2009)

Shortlisted 2010


In Beyond Paradise, Mansoura Ez Eldin engages with Egypt's rural middle class through the character of Salma. The editor of a literary magazine, Salma is trying to dispose of her negative self-image by liberating herself from a past loaded with painful memories. The process encourages her to write a novel in which she tells her family history: a history of love, a history of the body, a history of movement across the social classes within her village, a history of madness, and a history of writing.  Through this process Salma’s identity is split into two. On the one hand she observes and narrates in the present, whilst on the other she delves frantically into the hidden depths of her memory.

(El-Ain Publishing, Egypt, 2009)

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