Chronicles of a Cairo Bookseller by Nadia Wassef – Our Review


Our Review…

Facing a culture steeped tradition where literature is considered a luxury rather than a necessity, three women- two of whom are sisters, resist all their critics and open Cairo’s first independent bookshop, Diwan. The women have no business degrees or formal training, just a fire in their belly about literature.

Laugh through their tumultuous first few years as a they encounter their eclectic cast of patrons, such as the exacting Dr. Medhat or the streetwalker who fishes for customers each day in their bookshop café.

Embrace the haunting daily calls to prayer and the chaotic streetscapes and on a more serious note understand of the toll of the history of colonialism and the heavy weight it has borne on Egyptian literature and culture.

Chronicles of a Cairo Bookseller is a portrait of a country trying to find itself, a feminist rallying cry, and a very funny crash-course in running a business with one hand tied. Above all, it is a celebration of the power and wonder of literature.

A great read.

Review by Nicole @ Great Escape Books