On the State of Egypt, by ASWANY, ALAA ALWRIGHT, JONATHAN
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- ISBN: 9780307946980 | 0307946983
- Cover: Trade Paper
- Copyright: 3/25/2011
#x1C;Alaa Al Aswany is among the best writers in the Middle East today, a suitable heir to the mantle worn by Naguib Mahfouz, his great predecessor.#x1D; #x13;Jay Parini, The Guardian (UK) From one of Egypt#x19;s most acclaimed novelists, here is a vivid chronicle of Egyptian society, with penetrating analysis of all the most urgent issues-economic stagnation, police brutality, poverty, the harassment of women and of the Christian minority, to name a few-that led to the stunning overthrow of the Mubarak government. Al-Aswany addresses himself to all the questions being asked within Egypt and beyond: who will be the next president, and how will he be chosen in a land where heretofore only simpletons, opportunists and stooges involved themselves with elections? What role will the Muslim Brotherhood play? How can democratic reforms be effected among a people used to such contradictions as the religiously observant policeman who commits torture? In a candid and controversial assessment of both the potential and limitations that will determine his country#x19;s future, Al-Aswany reveals why the revolt that surprised the world was destined to happen. #x1C;[The] star of a new generation of Egyptian novelists.#x1D; #x13; The Independent (UK)