This is a fantastic story that could only happen in Egypt. Robert Fisk doscoverd that his book on the life and times of Saddam was selling really well in Egypt, which was strange since he never wrote one. So Fisk had to come to Egypt and do some investiagtive journalism to find out who was behind it, unaware of what awaited him here in the land of the pharaohs. You have to read this. It's awesome!

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  1. Johny
    February 18, 2008 at 11:44 am

    I think Fisk is a douchebag but this is a very funny story, brilliantly written.

  2. Egyptian in Germany
    February 18, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    Brilliant piece. If Fisk takes this article and integrates it with his experiences in Cairo tracking the fictional Magdi Shukry character, I am sure it will sell better than any forged Saddam book.
    Egyptian in Germany

  3. bajagafaga
    February 18, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    What the hell is Mgboulli bookshop? Isn’t it called Madbouli?

  4. Nadine
    February 18, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Least favourite Arab capital? La2 ya ro7 omak you did not just say that.

  5. EgyPeter
    February 18, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    It’s not awesome. It’s embarrassing!!

    Get that shithole book of the stands!

  6. EgyPeter
    February 18, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    “off” the stands.

  7. Odin lever
    February 18, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    It’s a wonderfull story. I enjoyed every bit of it. Thank you so much for posting it.

  8. brooklynjon
    February 19, 2008 at 3:16 am

    I’m with Johny #1.

  9. Foreign Native
    February 19, 2008 at 11:56 am

    Typical Cairo! So many times it’s either shrug and laugh or pull your hair out -what else are you going to do?!
    I miss that place!

  10. Lynne T
    February 19, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    I only scanned the windbag’s article. Did I miss something or is Fisk’s only objection that he isn’t being paid royalties for a book he didn’t write, but is given cover credit for. What about the contents? Other than the “drums of war” cliche, is he otherwise OK with what was published?

  11. Karim
    February 19, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    This story was great, such a typical Cairo story.

  12. InfidelDane
    February 19, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    “the bureaucratic, traffic-snarled, bankrupt, wonderful, lawless, irredeemable, spectacular Cairo.” love it!

  13. Twosret
    February 20, 2008 at 1:31 am


    I have been accused to be so many people on this board, but what you just wrote here is a typical me 🙂 I am accusing myself to be you heheheeee. The part that makes me laugh so hard is when he went to check out the Chukri address and it turned out to be a mosque and the funeral it is hilarious!

  14. lelly
    February 27, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    Great story, Fisk is a great journalist! 😀


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