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On the State of Egypt

by Alaa Al Aswany

On the State of Egypt Synopsis

The bestselling author of he Yacaoubian Building and hicago turns his attention to current affairs in Egypt. 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 a new collection of the weekly newspaper columns previously published in Arabic, 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.

Book Information

ISBN: 9789774164613
Publication date: 15th February 2011
Author: Alaa Al Aswany
Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 204 pages
Categories: Reportage & collected journalism,

About Alaa Al Aswany

Alaa Al Aswany was born in 1957. A dentist by profession, Al Aswany is the author of the bestselling novel The Yacaoubian Building(AUC Press, 2005), 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).

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