Ahdaf Soueif expertly weaves together two tales of love across different cultures and generations that reveal startling parallels with each other.

At the turn of the 20th century, the widowed Lady Anna Winterbourne meets Sharif Pash al-Barudi, an Egyptian nationalist in Cairo. She represents the antithesis of everything he stands for but they fall in love and marry. Intertwined with this romance is the story of Isabel Parkman, an American divorcee, and Omar-al-Ghamrawi, both descendents of Anna and Sharif, who face the same challenges to their love.

The Booker Prize 1999
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Ahdaf Soueif

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Author and leading journalist Ahdaf Soueif was born in Cairo. She wrote the bestselling novel The Map of Love, shortlisted for the 1999 Booker Prize.
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