Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 July 2011

256 Pages

6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9789774163005

Bookseller Code (02)

The Hashish Waiter

Khairy Shalaby
Translated by Adam Talib

A Publication of The American University in Cairo Press

A serious comic novel from the award-winning author of The Lodging House.

Tucked away in a rundown quarter, just out of sight of fashionable downtown Cairo, a group of intellectuals gathers regularly to smoke hashish in Hakeem's den. The den is the center of their lives, both a refuge and a stimulus, and at the center of the den is the remarkable man who keeps their hashish bowls topped up - Rowdy Salih.

This is a comic novel with a broken heart very like Salih himself, whose warm rough voice calls out long after we have recovered from the novel's painful conclusion.


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