Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Alexandria Illustrated

Alexandria Illustrated, written and photographed by Michael Haag, is published by The American University in Cairo Press, Cairo and New York, 2004.

This warm and richly illustrated portrait of one of the world’s most famous cities is a fascinating armchair tour of the pageant that is Alexandria. It explores the city’s past and present in word and picture, from the ancient Pharos to the new Bibliotheca Alexandrina, from Pompey's Pillar to Pastroudis. This book also evocatively recaptures the flavour of cosmopolitan Alexandria, its carnival architecture and the city's literary associations with Constantine Cavafy, E M Forster and Lawrence Durrell.