The Resource Using life : a novel, Ahmed Naji ; illustrated by Ayman Al Zorkany ; translated by Benjamin Koerber

Using life : a novel, Ahmed Naji ; illustrated by Ayman Al Zorkany ; translated by Benjamin Koerber

Label
Using life : a novel
Title
Using life
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Ahmed Naji ; illustrated by Ayman Al Zorkany ; translated by Benjamin Koerber
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Contributor
Author
Illustrator
Translator
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • ara
  • eng
Summary
Upon its initial release in Arabic in the fall of 2014, Using Life received acclaim in Egypt and the wider Arab world. But in 2016, Ahmed Naji was sentenced to two years in prison after a reader complained that an excerpt published in a literary journal harmed public morality. His imprisonment marks the first time in modern Egypt that an author has been jailed for a work of literature. Writers and literary organizations around the world rallied to support Naji, and he was released in December 2016. His original conviction was overturned in May 2017 but, at the time of printing, he is awaiting retrial and banned from leaving Egypt. 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 plot in which Bassam finds himself ensnared unfolds in the novel's unique mix of text and black-and-white illustrations. 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
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Cataloging source
YDX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1985-
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Nājī, Aḥmad
Dewey number
892.737
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Language note
Translated from the Arabic
LC call number
PJ7952.A38
LC item number
I8813 2017
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Koerber, Benjamin
  • Al Zorkany, Ayman
Series statement
Emerging Voices from the Middle East
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  • Cairo (Egypt)
  • Dystopias
Label
Using life : a novel, Ahmed Naji ; illustrated by Ayman Al Zorkany ; translated by Benjamin Koerber
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn982411977
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xi, 196 pages
Isbn
9781477314807
Lccn
2017953586
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)982411977
Label
Using life : a novel, Ahmed Naji ; illustrated by Ayman Al Zorkany ; translated by Benjamin Koerber
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn982411977
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xi, 196 pages
Isbn
9781477314807
Lccn
2017953586
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)982411977

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