The Lodging House (Wikalat Atiya) by Khairy Shalaby

On March 3rd we gathered to discuss The Lodging House (Wikalat Atiya) by Khairy Shalaby.

‘This engaging novel of complex characters and shifting storylines by the Egyptian author Khairy Shalaby was awarded the 2003 Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature and the translator, Farouk Abel Wahab, was just awarded the 2007 winner of the Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation. In The Lodging House a young man’s dreams for a better future as a student in the Teachers Institute are shattered after he assaults one of his instructors for discriminating against him. From then on, he begins his descent into the underworld. Penniless, he seeks refuge in Wikalat Atiya, a historic but now completely run-down caravanserai that has become the home of the town’s marginal and underprivileged characters.

Missed the talk? Copies of the book are still available at the gallery.

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