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Poor By Idris Ali Elliott Colla,

  • Title: Poor
  • Author: Idris Ali Elliott Colla
  • ISBN: 9789774166273
  • Page: 434
  • Format: Paperback
  • This is your last day Be strong Don t hesitate Cut and run An exit with no return Idris Alis confessional novel opens with these words, spoken on an unbearably hot August afternoon in downtown Cairo, where the Nubian narrator has just decided, once and for all, to end his life Delirious and thirsty, he wanders around venting his resentments large and small, his sex This is your last day Be strong Don t hesitate Cut and run An exit with no return Idris Alis confessional novel opens with these words, spoken on an unbearably hot August afternoon in downtown Cairo, where the Nubian narrator has just decided, once and for all, to end his life Delirious and thirsty, he wanders around venting his resentments large and small, his sexual frustrations, and his sense of powerlessness in the face of unremitting injustice He seeks to expunge his failed life in the Nile the river that had been the life blood of his country for millennia, and that with Egypt s new dam now drowns Nubia, flinging her dispossessed sons north and south into exile Many years ago, the narrator was one of those sons, fleeing flood and famine only to arrive in Cairo, penniless and shoeless, in time to see it go up in flames, the old regime overthrown by the men in tanks Poor is the story of a life of hardship, adversity, and emotional starvation It is also the story of opportunities squandered and hopes traded away for nothing of a life lived, at times, all too poorly.
    Poor This is your last day Be strong Don t hesitate Cut and run An exit with no return Idris Alis confessional novel opens with these words spoken on an unbearably hot August afternoon in downtown Cairo

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    1. Omar El Nagdi 1994 5 Murderous Africa, home of the sun and oppression and homicidal rulers damned, desperate continent Raw pain and despair edging over into blasphemy and flagrant insults to the powers that be If he were alive in today s Egypt, I fear Idris Ali 1940 2010 soon would not be The narrator of Poor 2005 has abandoned all hope and is just looking to end it all in the Nile the self censoring exercised by the prudent in countries where the disagreeable are jailed, tortured and murdered i [...]

    2. A very dark novel that plumbs the profound sense of dispossession that many Nubians feel since their homeland was flooded by the Aswan High Dam.

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