In 1989, Fouad El Khoury was awarded the Prix Médicis “Hors Les Murs” and set out to follow in the footsteps of Gustave Flaubert and Maxime Du Camp. “Flaubert and Du Camp slept at the foot of the pyramids, climbing onto their horses in the morning and collapsing at night around the fire, half-buried in sand where today there are buildings, and I rented an apartment on the fifth floor looking out at the minaret,” writes El Khoury in Suite Egyptienne, published by Actes Sud in 1997, the year he co-founded the Fondation Arabe pour l’Image in Beirut.
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