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#beer in the snooker club

“Cairo and Alexandria were cosmopolitan not so much because they contained foreigners, but because the Egyptian born in them is himself a stranger to his land,” quotes a memorable line from Waguih Ghali’s timeless 1964 semi-autobiographical novel ‘Beer in the Snooker Club’.  Although this novel has been around for years, and many may already be familiar with it, it is one of those stories worth re-visiting- if only just to experience a glimpse of an Egypt that is vastly foreign…