War in the Land of Egypt

Translator: Olive & Lorne Kenney, & Christopher Tingley Publisher: Arris Books Place of Publication: Egypt Date of Publication: 2004 Language: Arabic ISBN: 1-84437-033-X Author: Qaid, Yusuf

Egypt on the eve of the 1973 October war. A young man has been drafted into the army. His father, the village elder, persuades a poor night-watchman to send his own son as a stand-in but the impersonation plan goes horribly wrong with tragic-comic results. This tale of the fiasco ? steeped in irony and black humour ? parodies outrageous corruption and ludicrous bureaucracy.