Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)

Cairo is a venue for Urban Fantasy. As such, it tends to be used in tales whose attitude towards the Land of Fable of Arabian Fantasy is ironized (> Revisionist Fantasy) or negative. Robert Irwin's The Arabian Nightmare (1983), for instance, treats Cairo as part of the nightmare, not as a backdrop. Fantasies of History – like Edward Whittemore's Jerusalem Quartet, and Name of the Beast (1992) by Daniel Easterman (1949-    ) – routinely evoke Cairo as a place of allure and suffocation. [JC]

see also: Baghdad; Egypt.

This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.