Blue Aubergine

Translator: Alexander Calderbank Publisher: AUC Press Place of Publication: Egypt Date of Publication: 2006 Language: Arabic ISBN: 977-424-968-2 Number of Copies: 2 Author: Tahawy, Miral

This is a novel of an Egyptian young woman’s coming of age in a time and place of tumult. “Blue Aubergine” tells the story of a young Egyptian woman, born in 1967, growing up in the wake of Egypt’s defeat of that year, and maturing into womanhood against the social and political upheavals Egypt experienced during the final decades of the twentieth century. Physically and emotionally scarred by her parents and the events of her childhood, and incapable of relating to men, Nada, the “Blue Aubergine,” fumbles through a series of dark and unsettling adventures, resorting first to full Islamic dress with niqab and gloves and then throwing it all off for the flowing hair and tight clothes of an emancipated young graduate student, in an ever more desperate and ultimately failed search for tenderness and affection.