Alexandria: The Last Nights of Cleopatra (Hardback)
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Short Description for Alexandria "First published in Great Britain by Granta Books, 2013"--T.p. verso.
- Published: 01 August 2013
- Format: Hardback 383 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781468303704 ISBN 10: 1468303708
Full description for Alexandria
When Peter Stothard, editor of the "Times Literary Supplement," finds himself stranded in Alexandria in the winter of 2010 after his flight to South Africa has been cancelled, he sets out to explore a nation on the brink of revolution. Guided by two native Egyptians, Stothard traces his own life-long interest in the history of Cleopatra, and his repeated failure to write the book about her that he had always wanted to. In Alexandria, part memoir and part travel literature, Stothard was the sights and sounds of the ancient city to reconnect with the formative experiences of his childhood education, and his literary career. Melancholy and sometimes humorous, Alexandria offers a first-hand glimpse into the fracturing police state of Hosni Mubarak, before the uprising in Tahir Square changed everything.