Diary of a Country Prosecutor
  • Imprint: Saqi Books
  • ISBN: 9780863565496
  • Published: August 2005
  • UK Price: £7.99
  • US Price: $12.95
  • Format: 135 x 216 mm (Demy)
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Extent: 135pp
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Diary of a Country Prosecutor

Tawfik al-Hakim

Foreword by P. H. Newby

Who shot Kamar al-Dawla Alwan? Was it a crime of passion? What was the role of the beautiful peasant girl Rim? Is the mysterious Sheikh Asfur as crazy as he seems?

Diary of a Country Prosecutor is an Egyptian comedy of errors. Partly autobiographical, it is written as the journal of a young public prosecutor posted to a village in rural Egypt. Imbued with the ideals of a European education, he encounters a world of poverty and backwardness where an imported legal system is both alien and incomprehensible.

About the Author(s)

Tawfik al-Hakim was born in Alexandria in 1898 and studied law in Paris. He worked as a public prosecutor in a provincial Egyptian town before becoming the Arab world’s leading dramatist, as well as a major short-story writer and man of letters. He died in 1987.

Reviews

‘A satirical tale of country life under a repressive and far-away Cairo legal system.’ Literary Review

‘Touching and yet savagely funny.’ The Bookseller

‘A sophisticated mix of irony and objectivity, coldness and compassion.’
Voice Literary Supplement