Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: A Jewish Family's Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World

Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: A Jewish Family's Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World

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By (author) Lucette Matalon Lagnado

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 201mm x 25mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 12 November 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 006082218X
  • ISBN 13: 9780060822187
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, frontispiece
  • Sales rank: 61,992

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In vivid and graceful prose, Lucette Lagnado re-creates the majesty and cosmopolitan glamour of Cairo in the years between World War II and Gamal Abdel Nasser's rise to power. Her father, Leon, was a boulevardier who conducted business on the elegant terrace of Shepheard's Hotel, and later, in the cozy, dark bar of the Nile Hilton, dressed in his signature white sharkskin suit. But with the fall of King Farouk and Nasser's nationalization of Egyptian industry, Leon and his family lose everything. As streets are renamed, neighborhoods of their fellow Jews disbanded, and the city purged of all foreign influence, the Lagnados, too, must make their escape.With all of their belongings packed into twenty-six suitcases, their jewels and gold coins hidden in sealed tins of marmalade, Leon and his family depart for any land that will take them. The poverty and hardships they encounter in their flight from Cairo to Paris to New York are strikingly juxta-posed against the beauty and comforts of the lives they left behind.

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"A stunning achievement."--Andre Aciman, author of OUT OF EGYPT and CALL ME BY YOUR NAME