Journals Higher Education



Published: 15 April 2008

112 Pages

5 x 8 inches

ISBN: 9789774161421

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Cell Block Five

Fadhil al-Azzawi

A Publication of The American University in Cairo Press

Being plucked from a Baghdad café and deposited in a cell block for political prisoners is a wakeup call for Aziz, the novel's hero and narrator, a young man who has been living on automatic pilot as if he were a guest visiting his own life and he is finally forced to come to terms with the flawed world we inhabit and shape. Although never charged with any offense, he must adjust to a lengthy stay in prison, where he is befriended by Salam the yard boss, Mun'im an idealistic university student with a beautiful sister named Salwa, Yusuf an idealist dispatched to the 'Swamp' Salman an anarchist schoolteacher, and Mustafa an aged farmer who dreams of an alternative society.