The story of a woman growing up in a dysfunctional family as the society around it undergoes a deterioration in its post-colonial circumstances. The story of a single middle-class family comes to represent the challenges faced by patriarchal Egyptian society in the second half of the 20th century. Displacement and migration, neglect and illness, the narrator reflects on the experiences of her family candidly and poetically and in doing so, she unveils the ‘unsaid’ that lies at the core of many Egyptian women’s lives. This raw and unflinching book deals with abuse, illness, and despair with a clear-eyed sincerity and delicacy that is irresistible. Blurring the lines between fiction and memoir, this novel shows the vitality and diversity of Arabic narrative today. A careful and insightful book that holds family trauma up to examination, Empty Cages will resonate with readers around the world.
Approximate number of pages: 255 p.
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