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Moving to Cairo- recommended books and movies

Alexandria: A History and a Guide - E.M. Forster

The Alexandria Quartet - Lawrence Durrell

Beer in the Snooker Club - Waguih Ghali

Death on the Nile - Agatha Christie

The Map of Love - Ahdaf Soueif

The Yascoubism Building (book, film): Written by Egyptian author Alaa-Al-Aswany in 2002 this novel was later turned into a film and a televeision show. Set in 1990 at the time of the first Gulf War, this is a scathing story of modern life in Cairo and the intertwining stories of different characters within a building downtown.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist: Another film adapted from a bestselling novel, this story explores globalization and the war on terrorism. Featuring an international cast, this film is shot on three different continents and forces viewers to confront their biases.


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