Literary gems: Adel Esmat’s The Tales of Yusuf Tadrus | MadaMasr

Is there more to life than just making a decent amount of money in the Gulf, buying a nice apartment and a car, sending one’s son to an influential university and marrying off one’s daughter? In Adel Esmat’s fifth novel, anti-hero Yusef Tadrus swims against the tide, and is promptly confronted by an earnest rigidity both social and religious in nature.

When I started reading Hikayât Yûsuf Tadrus (The Tales of Yusuf Tadrus, 2015), which won the AUC Press’s Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature last year and is currently in translation, I assumed it would be just another autobiographic novel, saturated with nostalgic descriptions of the author’s hometown and upbringing.

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