The Street Sweeper


Urban Neighbourhoods

“Over the Rooftops of Cairo, the street sweeper dreams…”
Every day, the street sweeper descends from his room on the rooftop of a Cairo building to go to work, sweeping away the dirt and dust that falls on the city from the desert that surrounds it. As he does so, he collects secrets, pieces of papers that he cannot read due to his illiteracy. However, he uses them to create his own stories which captivate a little girl who lives in his building.

Author: Mathilde Chèvre
Illustrator: Mathilde Chèvre
Translator: Mariam Rizkallah
Publisher: Dar El Shorouk
Place Published: Cairo, Egypt
Date published: 2007