A tale of moral responsibility, alienation and political downfall during the 1952 Revolution in Egypt.
Autumn quail is the story of one man and the Egyptian Revolution of 1952. Isa al-Dabbagh is a senior civil servant in the Egyptian government who loses his job, and his fiancee, when the Purge Committees of the Revolution bring his venal past to light. His personal relationships reflect the resulting internal conflict he suffers between mind and heart, between his intellectual acceptance of the Revolution and the basic emotional instincts which hold him back.
This book was translated by Roger Allen and revised by John Rodenbeck.