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Book Synopsis:
A Cloudy Day on the West Side

Mohamed Mansi Qandil

A Cloudy Day on the West Side (Dar El-Shorouk, Cairo, 2009)

Shortlisted 2010

 

In his novel A Cloudy Day on the West Side (Dar El-Shorouk, Cairo, 2009), Mohamed Mansi Qandil evokes the period of great archeological discovery and nationalist struggle in Egypt. The novel tells the story of a young girl taken from home by her mother when she is forced to flee her abusive husband. After changing her name and fastening a crucifix around her tiny arm, the mother leaves her daughter at a village in Asyut. The fate of the girl, who grows up to become a translator, intersects with that of a number of historical figures from the period, including Howard Carter, Lord Cromer and Abdulrahman al-Rifa'i. This thrilling tale is brought to life by the author's detailed and vivid descriptions of real historical events and places.

Mohamed Mansi Qandil

about the author

Mohamed Mansi Qandilis an Egyptian novelist, born in 1949 in the Egyptian delta city of al-Mahalla al-Kubra.

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