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Beer in the Snooker Club

Written by Waguih Ghali
Introduction by Pankaj Mishra


Beer in the Snooker Club
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Category: Fiction - Cultural Heritage; Fiction - Literary; Fiction - Political
Imprint: Vintage
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: June 2014
Price: $15.00
Can. Price: $
ISBN: 978-0-8041-7074-1 (0-8041-7074-6)
Pages: 224
Also available as an eBook.



 
Set amidst the turbulence of 1950s Cairo, Beer in the Snooker Club is the story of Ram Bey, an over-educated, under-ambitious young Egyptian struggling to find out where he fits in. Ram’s favorite haunt is the fashionable Cairo Snooker Club, whose members strive to emulate English gentility; but his best friends are young intellectuals who devour the works of Sartre and engage in dangerous revolutionary activities to support Egyptian independence. By turns biting and comic, Beer in the Snooker Club—the first and only book by Waguih Ghali — became a cult classic when it was first published and remains a timeless portrait of a loveable rogue coming of age in turbulent times.

“One of the best novels about Egypt ever written.” —Adhaf Soueif

“Like The Catcher in the Rye in America, [Beer in the Snooker Club] articulated the identity crisis of a generation. . . . [The novel] presents uncanny parallels to today’s Egypt, where artists, intellectuals and youth at large are beginning to fashion a new cultural republic of sorts even as they also struggle to find their bearings.” —The New York Times

“[Ghali is] a plainspoken writer of consummate wryness, grace and humor.” —Los Angeles Times

“[The] novel reproduces a cultural state of shock with great accuracy and great humor.” —The Nation

“A triumph of genuinely comic social satire.” —The Times Literary Supplement (London)



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
Waguih Ghali was born in Cairo on February 25th, most likely in 1930. He attended high school in Alexandria and then studied abroad in Europe. Fearing political persecution, he fled Egypt in 1958 and lived in London, also spending time in France, Sweden, and Germany. Ghali authored several personal essays, which appeared in The Guardian between 1957 and 1965. He also spent time as a freelance journalist, reporting for the Times of London and the BBC. Following a battle with depression, Ghali committed suicide in London, at the home of his friend and editor Diana Athill, in 1969. Beer in the Snooker Club is his only finished novel.





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