The Televangelist

The Televangelist : A Novel

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Meet Hatem el-Shenawi, a Muslim TV preacher who has won fame and fortune through his show delivering Islam to the masses. Affable, sharp-witted, and well-connected to the government and business elite of Cairo, Shenawi seems at the top of his game. But when he is entrusted with a dangerous secret, one that could tip the whole country into chaos, the double-edged sword of his celebrity threatens him with scandal and ruin as he is drawn deeper into political intrigue and the dark underbelly of the state. Fast-paced and brilliantly observed, The Televangelist takes us on a journey into the corrupt nexus of power, money, media, and religious performance that has dominated Egypt in recent years.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 130 x 205 x 33mm | 450g
  • Hoopoe
  • Cairo, Egypt
  • English
  • 977416718X
  • 9789774167188
  • 1,373,249

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"a master of the Arabic language... [Eissa] delivers a double dose of wit, humor and political satire, combined with painstaking knowledge of religion and the media world... Fascinating"--Egypt Independent"We're in the presence of masterful storytelling... [Eissa] tells the story of Egypt, its society and state, culture and superstition, virtues and sins, love and intolerance... with skilful plotting, surgical social and psychological analysis."--Saad El Din Ibrahim, El Watan"the novel of the season... a compelling testimony about this era"--The Egyptian Daily
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About Ibrahim Essa

Bestselling Egyptian author Ibrahim Essa is a renowed journalist, TV personality, and political commentator. Well known as the co-founder of the popular Egyptian weekly newspaper al-Dustur and as Editor-in-chief of the daily newspaper al-Tahrir. He lives and works in Cairo, Egypt.Winner of both the 2014 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and the 2013 Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation, Jonathan Wright is a former Reuters' Cairo Bureau Chief and renowned translator known for his tranlsations of Alaa Al-Aswany, Youssef Ziedan and Hassan Blassim. He lives and works in London, England.
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