Alaa Al Aswany is the internationally bestselling author of The Yacoubian Building and Chicago. A journalist who writes a controversial opposition column, Al Aswany makes his living as a dentist in Cairo.
"Captivating and controversial .. . .an amazing glimpse of modern Egyptian society and culture."--New York Review of Books "[A] hilarious, sensual, bawdy and beautiful novel."--Nerve ..".tremendously likable.... This vision of life connects high with low, rich with poor, through shared vices and needs."--San Francisco Chronicle