THE ZAFARANI FILES
BY GAMAL AL GHITANI
PUBLISHED BY ARABIA BOOKS
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An unknown observer is watching the residents of a small, closely-knit neighbourhood in Cairo's old city, making notes. The college graduate, the street vendors, the political prisoner, the cafe owner, the taxi driver, the beautiful green-eyed young wife with the troll of a husband. All are subjects of surveillance. The watcher's reports flow seamlessly into a narrative about Zafarani Alley, a village tucked into a corner of the city, where intrigue is the main entertainment,...