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The man in the white sharkskin suit : a Jewish family's exodus from Old Cairo to the New World

Author: Lucette Lagnado
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st Harper Perennial edView all editions and formats
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Lagnado re-creates the cosmopolitan glamour of Cairo in the years between World War II and Nasser's rise to power. Her father, Leon, was a boulevardier who conducted business in his signature white sharkskin suit on the elegant terrace of Shepheard's Hotel, and later, in the cozy, dark bar of the Nile Hilton. But with the fall of King Farouk, Leon and his family lose everything. As streets are renamed, neighborhoods  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Lucette Lagnado
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lucette Lagnado
ISBN: 9780060822187 006082218X
OCLC Number: 233535630
Notes: "An Ecco book."
Includes P.S. insights, interviews & more.
Originally published: New York : Ecco, c2007.
Description: viii, 340, 17 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Responsibility: Lucette Lagnado.

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Lagnado re-creates the cosmopolitan glamour of Cairo in the years between World War II and Nasser's rise to power. Her father, Leon, was a boulevardier who conducted business in his signature white sharkskin suit on the elegant terrace of Shepheard's Hotel, and later, in the cozy, dark bar of the Nile Hilton. But with the fall of King Farouk, Leon and his family lose everything. As streets are renamed, neighborhoods of their fellow Jews disbanded, and the city purged of foreign influence, the Lagnados, too, must make their escape. With all of their belongings packed into 26 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 juxtaposed against the beauty and comforts of the lives they left behind.--From publisher description.

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