On the State of Egypt: A Novelist's Provocative Reflections

On the State of Egypt: A Novelist's Provocative Reflections

by Alaa Al Aswany, Jonathan Wright


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In the novels and short stories of Alaa Al Aswany, characters struggle with class differences, police brutality, poverty, sexual harassment, and political corruption; now, in these political and social essays first published as weekly articles in the Arabic press, Al Aswany considers these same issues that torment modern Egyptian society. He has a great deal to say about one of the most pressing questions on everyone’s mind: who will be the next president of Egypt, and how will he be elected? He discusses the moral ambiguity of appointed politicians, the suitability of democratic reforms in a Muslim society, and the inherent contradiction in the actions of the religiously observant policeman who tortures or the man who harasses women. Critical, controversial, and straightforward, Al Aswany asks his government to serve the people, and the people to demand what they deserve.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789774164613
Publisher: American University in Cairo Press, The
Publication date: 04/01/2011
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Alaa Al Aswany was born in 1957. A dentist by profession, he is the author of the bestselling novels The Yacoubian Building (AUC Press, 2005) and Chicago (AUC Press, 2007), and the novella and short story collection Friendly Fire (AUC Press 2009).
Jonathan Wright is the translator of Judgment Day by Rasha al Ameer (AUC Press, 2011). He was awarded the 2013 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation for his translation of Azazeel by Youssef Ziedan.

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