The Cairo Trilogy on BBC Radio

A big thank you to reader Marwa for alerting me to a BBC Radio rendition of Naguib Mahfouz's Cairo Trilogy, featuring the great Omar Sharif and my friend Ihab Sakkout (he's also great):
The Cairo Trilogy, part 1 of 3

By Naguib Mahfouz, dramatised by Ayeesha Menon

Al-Sayyid Ahmad Abd al-Jawab, a prosperous shopkeeper, is a tyrant at home who terrorises his wife and two daughters and keeps them in strict seclusion behind the house's latticed windows. But outside the home he is a serial womaniser with an appetite for plump, middle-aged singers.

The First World War is ending, and then there is a popular uprising in March 1919, when the eldest son Fahmy joins the nationalist cause.

Recorded entirely in Cairo.

Old Kamal ...... Omar Sharif
Young Kamal ...... Karim Fouda
Al-Sayyid Ahmad Abd al-Jawab ...... Ihab Sakkout
Amina ...... Caroline Khalil
Fahmy ...... Mena Reda
Yasin ...... Tamer Nasrat
Miriam ...... Ola Roshdy

Music by Sacha Puttnam; producer/director John Dryden.
I'll try to record them and post them for iPod enjoyment.

Update: 68MB MP3 file available here. Not great quality, unfortunately. Min babak?

Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region,