The Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz. Full-cast production starring Omar Sharif Download at bbcaudiozone.com In three parts, 57mins/£3.60 each.
This is a Sony award-winning production of the late Naguib Mahfouz's saga set in Cairo from 1917 to 1953, during the rise of nationalism and the beginnings of Islamic fundamentalism. A patriarchal family, a mirror of Egypt itself, has monstrous father al-Sayyid Ahmad at its head. His sons rail against the tyrannical love and tradition in the family and ally themselves to the dangerous upheaval outside. Recorded in Cairo and crammed with the tumultuous sounds and voices of a city in crisis, the dramatisation is brilliant. Its brightest star is the plangent, soulful voice of Omar Sharif as al-Sayyid Ahmad.