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ISBN-10: 0393541134
ISBN-13: 9780393541137
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date: 03/09/2021
Dimensions: 9.50" L, 6.40" W, 1.20" H

Midnight in Cairo: The Divas of Egypt’s Roaring ’20s

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Overview

One of the world’s most multicultural cities, twentieth-century Cairo was a magnet for the ambitious and talented. During the 1920s and ’30s, a vibrant music, theater, film, and cabaret scene flourished, defining what it meant to be a “modern” Egyptian. Women came to dominate the Egyptian entertainment industry–as stars of the stage and screen but also as impresarias, entrepreneurs, owners, and promoters of a new and strikingly modern entertainment industry.

Raphael Cormack unveils the rich histories of independent, enterprising women like vaudeville star Rose al-Youssef (who launched one of Cairo’s most important newspapers); nightclub singer Mounira al-Mahdiyya (the first woman to lead an Egyptian theater company) and her great rival, Oum Kalthoum (still venerated for her soulful lyrics); and other fabulous female stars of the interwar period, a time marked by excess and unheard-of freedom of expression. Buffeted by crosswinds of colonialism and nationalism, conservatism and liberalism, “religious” and “secular” values, patriarchy and feminism, this new generation of celebrities offered a new vision for women in Egypt and throughout the Middle East.

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Evoking large music halls and intimate cabarets, the air scented by Turkish hashish, throats lined with whisky and late nights fueled by cocaine, Midnight in Cairo is also the story of the struggles in Egypt for women's rights and against colonialism, for independence, suffrage and a New Egypt. Cairo's theatrical demimonde resisted and rebelled as enthusiastically as they entertained.–Paul French, best-selling author of Midnight in Peking
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Details

ISBN-10: 0393541134
ISBN-13: 9780393541137
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date: 03/09/2021
Dimensions: 9.50" L, 6.40" W, 1.20" H
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