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Antikkhanah الأنتكخانة

By: Iraq, Nassir ناصر عراق

Language: Arabic


في روايته الأحدث «الأنتكخانة» يمـزج الروائـي ناصر عـراق الواقع بالخيـال، من خلال علاقة مسـتورة وصابحة بالنجار رمضان المحمدي، وعلاقة مدموزيل جوزفين بأحمد أفندي كمـال حيث يقوم المتخيل هنا بدور الكاشـف عن جوهـر الحياة، واقتناص العناصر الجوهرية التي يسقطها الكاتب على التاريخ.

Longlisted for the 2023 International Prize for Arabic Fiction (Arab Booker), «The Antikkhana» by Egyptian writer Nasser Iraq.

The novel transports us to nineteenth-century Cairo and the Antikkhana, the first museum founded in Egypt in the time of the Khedive Ismail (1863-1879). The narrative unfolds through the eyes of four main characters. The first is Ramadan al-Mahmadi, an Egyptian carpenter who lures housemaids with promises of marriage into stealing artefacts from the house of the German archaeologist Heinrich Brugsch, and later also from the Antikkhana. If any of them tries to make him keep his promise, he kills her and buries her in his garden. Then there is Heinrich Brugschwho helps ‘Mariette Pasha’ (Auguste Marriette), the director of the museum, in his work; and Ahmad Effendi Kamal, the first Egyptian archaeologist, who has only managed to get an administrative job at the Antikkhana since Mariette Pasha refused to employ Egyptians in jobs directly connected to the artefacts. He makes a monumental effort to find out who has stolen the antiquities, and falls in love with his French colleague, Josephine – the last of the four central characters – who has come to work at the Antikkhana after running away from an angry ex-fiancée in Paris.

Longlisted for the 2023 International Prize for Arabic Fiction.

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Product Details
By:Iraq, Nassir ناصر عراق
Pages: 256 pp
Publisher:Dar al-Shorouk, Cairo, 2022
Dimensions:14 x 20 cm
Topic:Arabic Fiction - Egypt

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About the author
Nasser Iraq is an Egyptian novelist and writer, born in Cairo, Egypt, in 1961. He graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Zamalek, Cairo, in 1984, and currently works as editor-in-chief of the Arabic Letters magazine, published by the Cultural and Scientific Association in Dubai. He has published twelve novels, including «The Unemployed» (2011), IPAF-shortlisted in 2012, and «Al-Uzbakeya» (2015) which won the Katara Prize for the Arabic Novel in 2016 and was translated into English and French.

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