The Crocodiles

The Crocodiles
Author: Youssef Rakha
Language English
Pages: 256
ISBN10: 1609805712
Genre: Fiction
Goodreads Rating: 3.56
ISBN13: 9781609805715
Published: December 9th 2014 by Seven Stories Press

Set in Cairo between 1997 and 2011, The Crocodiles is narrated in numbered, prose poem-like paragraphs, set against the backdrop of a burning Tahrir Square, by a man looking back on the magical and explosive period of his life when he and two friends started a secret poetry club amid a time of drugs, messy love affairs, violent sex, clumsy but determined intellectual bravado, and retranslations of the Beat poets.

Youssef Rakha’s provocative, brutally intelligent novel of growth and change begins with a suicide and ends with a doomed revolution, forcefully capturing thirty years in the life of a living, breathing, daring, burning, and culturally incestuous Cairo.