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The Golden Scales

The Golden Scales

Author(s): Parker Bilal

Location(s): Cairo

Genre(s): Thriller

Era(s): 2000s



Parker Bilal is the pseudonym of the Sudanese novelist Jamal Mahjoub, who, like many “literary” writers, is venturing into the detective genre. The setting is present-day Cairo, where in a broken-down houseboat on the Nile, former police inspector Makana is operating as a reluctant private eye. He has few friends – mainly writers, painters and musicians – and his landlady lives in a shack constructed of old crates and jerry cans.The Independent

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Bilal’s account of Egypt is bursting with the life of “Great Cairo, mother of the world”. If you want to know why Egyptians were finally so appalled by corruption that they mounted the 2011...

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