July 5, 2020

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Egyptian-Jewish memoirist Lucette Lagnado dies


Photo taken of Lucette z””l and her husband Douglas Feiden celebrating New Year 2019 

The death has been announced of Lucette Lagnado, author and Wall Street Journal reporter, in her 64th year.

Lucette Lagnado probably did more to popularise the story of Jews driven out from Egypt, like her own family in the 1960s, than any other US writer. Her first book The man in the white sharskin suit met with international acclaim. It was followed by The Arrogant Years.

The man in the white sharskin suit centres on her father Leon, with whom she was especially close. The stately Leon, known as the Captain, would stride through the boulevards of Cairo in his white sharksin suit. An observant Jew, he would attend synagogue every morning without fail. Equally unfailingly, he would stay up all hours to play poker and flirt with women – a uniquely Sephardi blend of religious devotion and wordliness.

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