The map of a city is a palimpsest of its history. In Cairo, people, places, events, and even dates have lent their names to streets, squares, and bridges, only to be replaced as the city and the country reimagine their past. Focusing on the areas developed in the wake of Khedive Ismail's 1867 command to create a "Paris on the Nile" on the muddy lands between medieval Cairo and the river, A Field Guide to the Street Names of Central Ciaro lists more than 600 current and 300 former appellations. Current street names are listed in alphabetical order, with an explanation of what each commemorates and when it was first recorded, followed by the same for its predecessors. An index allows the reader to trace streets whose names have disappeared or never achieved official status. This is a book that will satisfy the curiosity of all who are fascinated by this most multi-layered of cities and wish to understand it better.Über die Autorin / über den Autor:
Humphrey Davies is the translator of a number of Arabic novels and older works, including Alaa Al Aswany's The Yacoubian Building (AUC Press, 2004) and Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq's Leg Over Leg. He has twice been awarded the Saif Ghobash-Banipal prize for Arabic Literary Translation and lives in Cairo.
Lesley Lababidi is the author of Cairo Practical Guide (AUC Press, 2011), Cairo's Street Stories: Exploring the City's Statues, Squares, Bridges, Gardens, and Sidewalk Cafés (AUC Press, 2008), and Cairo: The Family Guide (AUC Press, 4th ed., 2010). An active and well-traveled blogger, she currently lives between Cairo, Beirut, and Lagos.Preis: CHF 44.90