Alexandria: City Of Memory

September 27, 2004|
Alexandria: City Of Memory by Michael Haag
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A luminous portrait of the now-vanished cosmopolitan city and those who inhabited it during the first half of the 20th century
 

This book is a literary, social, and political portrait of Alexandria at a high point of its history. Drawing on diaries, letters, and interviews, Michael Haag recovers the lost life of the city, its cosmopolitan inhabitants, and its literary characters.
Located on the coast of Africa yet rich in historical associations with Western civilization, Alexandria was home to an exotic variety of people whose cosmopolitan families had long been rooted in the commerce and the culture of the entire Mediterranean world.
Alexandria famously excited the imaginations of writers, and Haag folds intimate accounts of E. M. Forster, Greek poet Constantine Cavafy, and Lawrence Durrell into the story of its inhabitants. He recounts the city’s experience of the two world wars and explores the communities that gave Alexandria its unique flavor: the Greek, the Italian, and the Jewish. The book deftly harnesses the sexual and emotional charge of cosmopolitan life in this extraordinary city, and highlights the social and political changes over the decades that finally led to Nasser’s Egypt.

Title:Alexandria: City Of Memory
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:384 pages, 9.25 X 7.5 X 0.68 in
Shipping dimensions:384 pages, 9.25 X 7.5 X 0.68 in
Published:September 27, 2004
Publisher:Yale University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780300191127

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