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Adrift Paperback – May 15, 2008

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Talonbooks; 1 edition (May 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0889225850
  • ISBN-13: 978-0889225855
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,524,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“ …a minor miracle not merely of adaptation but of historical translation too. Adrift highlights the way we suffer the same losses over and over again, raining revenge on revenge. Our struggle, in essence, never changes.”
Globe and Mail

About the Author

Marcus Youssef
Writer and performer Marcus Youssef is a regular contributor of drama, commentary and documentary to numerous programs on the CBC network. He also writes regularly for publications such as Vancouver Magazine, Georgia Straight, Rice Paper, and This Magazine. For many years, Youssef has also dedicated himself to numerous community-based advocacy programs that aim at using writing and/or theater as a tool for procuring political and social change.

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Imagine any small group of friends, gathered nightly on a house boat to party, an ample supply of marijuana, all thirty and forty-something's, an auditor, a commercial lawyer, an actor, a copy writer, the editor of a weekly newspaper, the wife of a wealthy developer and a beautiful freelance journalist in her twenties. Except for the fact that it is April 2007 and the house boat is in Cairo, Egypt; one works for the Ministry of Health, one for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, another a religious fundamentalist and another a Coptic Christian. Other than place, these people are familiar, unhappy with their jobs, a marriage on the rocks, a general disaffection with life and the world in particular. Not much has changed for them, or turned out as expected, all mired in a party routine that has grown stale and predictable, if convenient.

Enter the beautiful Samara, a youthful religious fundamentalist, and everything changes, subtly at first, but later in far more significant ways. All of the action save one pivotal event takes place on the house boat, the revelers relaxing in a cloud of smoke. Anis, an auditor for the Ministry of Health, dictates the pace of the play, hiding a secret pain, inspired by Samara to consider love, ultimately exposing all his friends, including Samara, for their hypocrisy, demanding all change if they are to survive an increasingly competitive world. Adapted from Naguib Mahfouz' "Adrift on the Nile", the play hews closely to Mahfouz' work, the intimacy of the theme, characters at a crossroads, the fallacies of their lives crumbling before a demanding future and their accountability for a tragedy they share.
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