Re:viewing Egypt: Image and Echo by Gamal al-GhitaniRe:viewing Egypt: Image and Echo by Gamal al-Ghitani

Re:viewing Egypt: Image and Echo

byGamal al-GhitaniIllustratorXavier Roy

Hardcover | July 15, 2010

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In Re:viewing Egypt, Xavier Roy's breathtaking photographs of Egypt offer us a haunting vision of a country and its people. They are also a lesson in the art of photography itself, inviting us to experience images as metaphor, to extend our notions of reality. Roy draws us into Egypt'smystique, its scintillating waters, bucolic vistas, ruins, and places of worship. We observe the correspondences of shape and texture, perspective and repetition, light and shadow, and the vitality in the mundane and commonplace. A photograph of an acacia tree is juxtaposed with one of birds inflight, their formation and movement echoing the outline and feather-like aspect of the tree. The sea, both formless and metallic, can be an expression of the emotions of the woman who looks at it, or an image of ambivalence and uncertainty, of life and death. Each photograph is at once an offer oftranquility and a call to interpret. Gamal al-Ghitani's profoundly contemplative introduction is both inspiring and inspired by Roy's gallery of one hundred images, compelling us to observe Egypt's riches not as passive onlookers, but as engaged, reflective beings.
Gamal Al-ghitani was born in 1945 and educated in Cairo. He has written 13 novels and 6 collections of short stories. He is currently editor-in-chief of the literary review Akhbar al-adab.
Title:Re:viewing Egypt: Image and EchoFormat:HardcoverDimensions:144 pages, 8.58 × 9.69 × 0.79 inPublished:July 15, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:9774162951

ISBN - 13:9789774162954