Metro by Magdy El Shafee

803EED60-73BC-4A55-8050-E07B066155E6Book set in Cairo, Egypt. Reviewed on 2019/08: https://www.instagram.com/p/B1kZzdjAToK/

My third #bannedbookset in #cairo claims to be the very first arab #graphicnovel . I’m going to let the experts confirm the veracity of that claim. Regardless, #metro by #magdyelshafee from the very first lines plunges the reader into the depths and chaos of the #egyptian urban maze. The confusion of the story and the half-spoken plot is all there to accentuate the feelings of hopelessness and lost. The main character had some interesting introspective lines especially when comparing the city to a prison and the #claustrophobic subway as the only way out. #metropolitanbooks does a good job at trying to help the non-Egyptian reader to understand the details of the history perhaps lost in translation. Personally I felt the story could have benefited from a few extra pages to explain the characters and where the entire plot was coming from. #recommended #egyptianliterature#censorship #socialcritique#booksagainstcensorship#bannedbooks #notallowedtoread#bookcensorship #urbanprotest#youngcairo #cairene #القاهرة

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