Omaret yakobean: Cairo: a 70-year-old constructing of once-luxury flats with tenements on the roof. Zika, an getting old libertine, feuds together with his sister. Pius Haj Azzam takes a second spouse, in secret, to fulfill sexual drive inside spiritual bounds. Bothayna, poor and exquisite, helps her household, wanting to take action with dignity intact. Her former fiancé, Taha, the janitor’s son, humiliated by the police, turns to fundamentalism. Hatem, a homosexual editor, seduces and corrupts a younger man from the sticks. Two brothers, Copts, one a tailor and one Zika’s factotum, connive for property. Allah is on most everybody’s lips, and corruption is of their hearts. European values, each refined and worldly, present a subtext. (2006)


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