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Title: Using Life Title Record # 2363037
Author: Ahmed Naji
Date: 2017-11-00
Variant Title of:
استخدام الحياة?Istikhdam al-Hayat
Istkhdām al-ḥayāh
[Arabic] (2014) (by
أحمد ناجي?Aḥmad Nājī
Ahmed Naji
) [may list more publications, awards, reviews, votes and covers]
Language: English
Note: Translated by Benjamin Koerber
Synopsis: "Set in modern-day Cairo, Using Life follows a young filmmaker, Bassam Bahgat, after a secret society hires him to create a series of documentary films about the urban planning and architecture of Cairo.... The Society of Urbanists, Bassam discovers, is responsible for centuries of world-wide conspiracies that have shaped political regimes, geographical boundaries, reigning ideologies, and religions. It is responsible for today's Cairo, and for everywhere else, too. Yet its methods are subtle and indirect: it operates primarily through manipulating urban architecture, rather than brute force. As Bassam immerses himself in the Society and its shadowy figures, he finds Cairo on the brink of a planned apocalypse, designed to wipe out the whole city and rebuild anew." (Publisher)
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Current Tags: Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards Shortlist (1), conspiracies (1)


Title Date Author/Editor Publisher/Pub. Series ISBN/Catalog ID Price Pages Format Type Cover Artist Verif
Using Life 2017-11-00 Ahmed Naji University of Texas Press (Emerging Voices from the Middle East) 978-1-4773-1480-7 $21.95 xi+
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
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