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Ice / Sonallah Ibrahim ; translated by Margaret Litvin.

Author/Creator:
Ibrāhīm, Ṣunʻ Allāh author.
Standardized Title:
Jalīd. English
Publication:
London : Seagull Books, 2019.
Series:
Arab list
The Arab list
Format/Description:
Book
303 pages ; 22 cm.
Subjects:
Egyptians -- Russia (Federation) -- Moscow -- Fiction.
Arabic fiction -- 21st century.
Soviet Union -- History -- 1953-1985 -- Fiction.
Arabic fiction.
Language:
Translated from the Arabic.
Summary:
The year is 1973. An Egyptian historian, Dr. Shukri, pursues a year of non-degree graduate studies in Moscow, the presumed heart of the socialist utopia. Through his eyes, the reader receives a guided tour of the sordid stagnation of Brezhnev-era Soviet life: intra-Soviet ethnic tensions; Russian retirees unable to afford a tin of meat; a trio of drunks splitting a bottle of vodka on the sidewalk; a Kirgiz roommate who brings his Russian girlfriend to live in his four-person dormitory room; black-marketeering Arab embassy officials; liberated but insecure Russian women; and Arab students' debates about the geographically distant October 1973 War. Shukri records all this in the same numbly factual style familiar to fans of Sonallah Ibrahim's That Smell, punctuating it with the only redeeming sources of beauty available: classical music LPs, newly acquired Russian vocabulary, achingly beautiful women, and strong Georgian tea. Based on Ibrahim's own experience studying at the All-Russian Institute of Cinematography in Moscow from 1971 to 1973, Ice offers a powerful exploration of Arab confusion, Soviet dysfunction, and the fragility of leftist revolutionary ideals--Amazon.com
Notes:
Originally published as al-Jalid; al-Qāhirah : Dār al-Thaqāfah al-Jadīdah, 2011.
Contributor:
Litvin, Margaret, 1974- translator.
ISBN:
9780857426505
0857426508
OCLC:
1115006774
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