The Queue

The Queue

( Arabic - طابور ( Altabur ) - 2012 )

novel by Basma Abdel Aziz

translated by Elisabeth Jaquette

Published: Melville House - trade paperback - 2016
ISBN: 1612195164 / 9781612195162

Melville House - trade paperback - 2016 ( UK )
ISBN: 0993414907 / 9780993414909

Melville House - e-book - 2016
eISBN: 1612195172 / 9781612195179

Melville House - audiobook - 2016

Melville House - PDF - 2016
url: https://www.mhpbooks.com/books/the-queue/

In a surreal, but familiar, vision of modern day Egypt, a centralized authority known as 'the Gate' has risen to power in the aftermath of the 'Disgraceful Events,' a failed popular uprising. Citizens are required to obtain permission from the Gate in order to take care of even the most basic of their daily affairs, yet the Gate never opens, and the queue in front of it grows longer.
Citizens from all walks of life mix and wait in the sun: a revolutionary journalist, a sheikh, a poor woman concerned for her daughter's health, and even the brother of a security officer killed in clashes with protestors. Among them is Yehia, a man who was shot during the Events and is waiting for permission from the Gate to remove a bullet that remains lodged in his pelvis. Yehia's health steadily declines, yet at every turn, officials refuse to assist him, actively denying the very existence of the bullet.
Ultimately it is Tarek, the principled doctor tending to Yehia's case, who must decide whether to follow protocol as he has always done, or to disobey the law and risk his career to operate on Yehia and save his life.

English PEN award

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