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The Queue

Basma Abdel Aziz

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"The Queue ... has drawn comparisons to Western classics like George Orwell's 1984 and The Trial by Franz Kafka. It represents a new wave of dystopian and surrealist fiction from Middle Eastern writers who are grappling with the chaotic aftermath and stinging disappointments of the Arab Spring." -- The New York Times Winner of the English PEN Translation Award In a surreal, but familiar, vision of modern day Egypt, a centralized authority known as 'the Gate' has risen to power in the aftermath of the 'Disgraceful Events,' a failed popular uprising. Citizens are required to obtain permission from the Gate in order to take care of even the most basic of their daily affairs, yet the Gate never opens, and the queue in front of it grows longer. Citizens from all walks of life mix and wait in the sun: a revolutionary journalist, a sheikh, a poor woman concerned for her daughter's health, and even the brother of a security officer killed in clashes with protestors. Among them is Yehia, a man who was shot during the Events and is waiting for permission from the Gate to remove a bullet that remains lodged in his pelvis. Yehia's health steadily declines, yet at every turn, officials refuse to assist him, actively denying the very existence of the bullet. Ultimately it is Tarek, the principled doctor tending to Yehia's case, who must decide whether to follow protocol as he has always done, or to disobey the law and risk his career to operate on Yehia and save his life. Written with dark, subtle humor, The Queue describes the sinister nature of authoritarianism, and illuminates the way that absolute authority manipulates information, mobilizes others in service to it, and fails to uphold the rights of even those faithful to it.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Mark Bramhall

Length:

6h 10m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:15


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:18


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:20


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:22


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:16


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:33


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:18


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:23


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:35


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:27


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:34


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:38


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:06


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:08


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:53


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:55


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:09


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:42


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:23


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:11


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:31


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:07


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:08


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:20


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:58


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:21


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:55


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

09:42


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:06


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:38


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

09:00


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:10


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:34


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:14


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:19


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:25


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

02:24


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:05


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:30


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

09:10


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:15


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:07


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:13


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:24


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:01


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:23


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:15


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:23


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:36


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:00


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:51


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

09:03


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:21


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:47


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:02


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:28


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:23


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:00


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:40


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

00:34