From the best-selling author of The Map of Love: a many-faceted, galvanizing firsthand account of the Egyptian revolution that is as well a thoughtful, passionate appraisal of what the future holds for Cairo, for Egypt, and for the Egyptian people.
When thousands of Egyptians gathered in Tahrir Square after the eruption of the revolution on January 25, 2011, Ahdaf Soueif was among them. Now, in this deeply felt, vivid narrative, she writes of the passion, confusion, and violence that filled Cairo for eighteen days before the triumphant overturning of the corrupt Mubarak regime. And contrasted against the revolution, Soueif recalls peaceful mornings spent in Cairo with her mother, and the many memories she has of growing up in Egypt, a country whose importance is at the heart of her family's life. With a novelist's eye for detail and story, the perspective of a Cairo native, and the insight of someone who was on the ground during the first days of the revolution, Soueif gives us a personal, uniquely illuminating picture of an event watched by the world. This updated edition includes new material that considers Egypt's most recent turns, from the elections to the dissolution of Parliament to the first hundred days of Muhammad Morsi's presidency over a nation reborn.
About the Author
Ahdaf Soueif is the author of two novels, In the Eye of The Sun and The Map of Love, which was short-listed for the Booker Prize in 1999; three story collections, Aisha, Sandpiper, and I Think of You; and an essay collection, Mezzaterra: Notes from the Common Ground. She lives in Cairo, where she was born.
Praise for Cairo: Memoir of a City Transformed…
“There are many records of the Egyptian revolution, but Cairo takes us on a more intimate journey, one that goes far beyond the eighteen days of Tahrir Square. [Soueif] speaks of her own story but also speaks for thousands, perhaps even millions, of other Cairenes.” —The Guardian
“In years to come Cairo will be a reminder to liberals of their most glorious hour. It should serve as a heartening reminder of what they are capable of achieving when united and courageous.”—The Economist
“Soueif writes of her tremendous pride in the younger generation, who faced down government thugs, snipers perched on buildings, tanks, and security police. Many received beatings, or were imprisoned (her own nephew, Alaa, was jailed) or, in the case of 843 protesters, killed. The author captures beautifully her anguish at Cairo’s degradation during the years of dictatorship and Mubarak’s calculated sowing of division among the people . . . She is an eloquent witness.”—Publishers Weekly