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On the State of Egypt: What Made the Revolution Inevitable

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“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.” –Jay Parini, The Guardian (UK)

From one of Egypt’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, th
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Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 12th 2011 by Vintage Books (first published 2004)
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Houdini
Jan 12, 2016 Houdini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Είμαι τυχερός ή όχι που γεννήθηκα Αιγύπτιος; Αυτό είναι το ερώτημα που βασανίζει τον συγγραφέα. Ένα βιβλίο φτιαγμένο με τα υλικά του χρονικού,της μαρτυρίας και της αυτοβιογραφίας. Βιβλίο που παρέχει περισσότερο τροφή για σκέψη παρά λογοτεχνική απόλαυση.Βέβαια τα κείμενα αυτά αξίζουν την προσοχή μας,αφού αποτελούν μια θαρραλέα κριτική ματιά στην αιγυπτιακή κοινωνία,μια κοινωνία πολύ διαφορετική από αυτήν που προβάλλεται.

Χωρισμένο σε μια νουβέλα και δεκαέξι διηγήματα,το παρόν βιβλίο έμεινε απαγορε
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Dawn Buffham-Bates
If you have been following the news recently you will have noticed the huge shift in power from the corrupt government to the people on the streets in both Tunisia and Egypt. If you haven't, then there is probably no point in you reading any further, your head is probably too far up your own backside to ever come out. If on the other hand, you did see the news ;) and you want to know "what on earth happened to make all these protesters come out in such force and with such determination?" then th ...more
Yves Gounin
Jul 18, 2012 Yves Gounin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
J'ai adoré les romans de Alaa El Aswany au point de m'inspirer d'eux pour essayer, sans succès, d'en écrire un : au bout de quelques pages j'ai réalisé que ma plume n'égalerait jamais celle de l'auteur de "L'Immeuble Yacoubian" ou de "Chicago" et j'ai capitulé.
Je suis d'autant plus déçu par le chroniqueur dont les éditoriaux publiés depuis 2010 sont traduits chez Actes Sud (par l'ancien consul de France à Alexandrie Gilles Gauthier).
Cette publication est doublement opportuniste. L'éditeur a ente
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Nourin
Dec 22, 2014 Nourin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite chapter was noura and the national team, very powerful, broke my heart. Loved this book, learned a lot from it. Alaa al aswany is an inspiration.
Agnesca
J'aime toujours le style de l'auteur et les sujets abordés(L'immeuble Yacoubian m'avait beaucoup plu), mais la nouvelle n'est pas mon genre préféré, et je trouvais souvent que la fin était décevante.. me laissait sur ma faim !
Frederik Wøhlk
Dec 18, 2015 Frederik Wøhlk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hvis man vil vide, hvorfor Egypterne gjorde oprør mod Præsident Mubaraks styre i 2011, er Al-Aswanys bog om Egyptens Tilstand et godt sted at starte. Gennem et udvalg af klummer fra avisen al-Dustur (de fleste fra 2009 og 10) beskriver han nuanceret og i til tider grufulde detaljer det egyptiske samfunds problemer spændende fra manglende demokrati, manglende udfoldelsesmuligheder og korruption til kvindehad og religiøst hykleri. Det er al-Aswanys faste overbevisning, at egypterne ikke ville bliv ...more
Ryan
Solid collection of newspaper articles published by Aswany in Arab newspapers over the last 5 years or so, focusing on the corruption, inequality, police brutality, suppression of political discourse, lack of ministerial accountability to anyone other than the president, and cronyism of the Mubarak regim. He also goes off on some of the blatant contradictions of certain devout Muslims within the administration who follow strict religious tenets but don't seem to apply general moral values in the ...more
Delphine
Feb 13, 2010 Delphine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Je viens de finir J'aurais voulu être égyptien d'Alaa El Aswany (Actes Sud, 2009) traduit de l'arabe par Gilles Gauthier, un texte à a fois tendre et rebelle sur l'Egypte actuelle.

Le narrateur, Issam, n'aime pas son pays et se gausse de la citation de Mustapha Kamel: "Si je n'étais pas né égyptien, j'aurais voulu être égyptien." Il trouve ce texte "inepte" et n'a pas de mots assez forts pour dire tout le mal qu'il pense de son pays. Tant et si bien que l'auteur, en préface, explique tout le mal
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Cara
Dec 13, 2015 Cara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a basically a collection of op-ed pieces Alaa Al Aswany wrote and published in newspapers at various times during 2009-2010. Some are very insightful, but for the most part it reads like propaganda. The repetitiveness of the entire thing started to wear on me after a while. He literally repeats the same anecdotes over and over again. I found it annoying.

It's also kind of hypocritical to end every essay with "Democracy is the solution" and then support the military coup against the countr
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Lydia Lilou
Mar 09, 2015 Lydia Lilou rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On sent l'écriture débutante par rapport aux romans ultérieurs mais on trouve bien le même regard souvent critique, parfois amoureux, toujours lucide sur la société égyptienne contemporaine.
Coup de coeur pour "Une vieille robe et un foulard" : écrit féministe d'autant plus fort qu'il n'essaie pas de convaincre, laissant parler d'eux-mêmes les faits.
Justin Ng
Feb 14, 2013 Justin Ng rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Fatemah
Jan 14, 2012 Fatemah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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One thing I enjoyed about this book was the author's sarcasm, besides that there isn’t much to say. There are certain aspects I disagree with or think could have been addressed more coherently. One of them is Aswany’s utmost belief that with gaining political freedom through the implementation of real democratic bodies, the social problems would undoubtedly be addressed. Most of those currently in Egypt and elsewhere who advocate for “reform” through the channels of voting i.e. democracy forget ...more
Trish
Jan 10, 2016 Trish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I am learning about the middle east and it's problems trying to get a picture of what is happening and this book is helping to piece the puzzle together. The book is well written in short chapters as newspaper article style.
Michele
Oct 21, 2015 Michele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
J'aime beaucoup cet auteur. J'avais adoré l'Immeuble Yacoubian et un peu moins aimé Chicago. J'ai beaucoup aimé ces chroniques ou nouvelles, en particulier Les souffrances de Hadj Ahmed.
Riet
Aug 05, 2011 Riet rated it really liked it
Ik heb dit boek opgepikt in de boekhandel op Schiphol. De "Arabische Lente" was nog in volle gang en ik dacht hier iets van te kunnen leren. Inderdaad, deze verzameling columns geeft een goed inzicht in de redenen van de Egyptische jeugd om hun revolutie vol te houden. Al Aswani is een schrijver met lef. Hij is kennelijk te beroemd om hem op te pakken voor wat hij schrijft. Al deze columns zijn al uitgekomen voor de revolutie. Hij is de schrijver van "the Yacoubian building". een kennelijk heel ...more
Amatullah
Jan 10, 2015 Amatullah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent book for a total immersion in the Egyptian streets, thus the entirety of the Egyptian society. I really recommend this chef d'oeuvre.
Karla
Jul 28, 2013 Karla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tanto como cuando cayó Mubarak como ahora que se consumó el golpe de estado contra Mursi este libro es un claro reflejo de lo que es la sociedad egipcia actual. Llegó un cierto momento en el que dije: este hombre me esta leyendo la mente respecto a lo que yo creo que debería ser el islam y que desafortunadamente no es. Si tu eres un interesado en este país debes de leer este libro porque vas a desengañarte y conocer la realidad cruda de Egipto. Y que en cierto modo te sientes identificado con al ...more
Claudia
This was a book that I wouldn't have selected on my own, but it was a book club selection. Initially, I wasn't sure if I would like it. It started out sounding like it might be more of a political commentary involving Issues in an ear about which I was not familiar, but as I continued to read I found that it truly to be more of a commentary of civil rights and women's rights. It made me feel very appreciative of the civil rights we enjoy In this country. It was tough to imagine the hardships in ...more
Niels Bjerg
Mar 08, 2011 Niels Bjerg rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Some of the stories reminds me of high school writing assignment, barely done.
I did not muster to go cover to cover on this. My thought in the middle of the book was, someone told the author to quickly publish after the success of the yacoubian building.

Sadly this does not approach the yacoubian building in neither language or story telling..
Daniel
Dec 27, 2011 Daniel rated it liked it
In answer to the question, "Why did the revolution occur and what do the protesters want?" Alaa Al Aswany offers a collection of his old blog posts. Decent, quick read, but nothing special. Do keep in mind that Aswany offers a fairly liberal perspective.
Mark
Jan 29, 2012 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Provocative and thoughtful essays by the author of The Yacoubian Building. Topics include things like: “Why Egyptians harass women” (because the hijab de-humanizes them) and “Why Egyptians don’t take part in elections” (because they are always rigged).
Hans Klis
Een verhelderend inzicht in de Egyptische samenleving (door een van de leden van intelligentsia) voor de val van Mubarak. Maar slecht vertaald naar het Nederlands. Ook de redactie had scherper mogen zijn; veel herhalingen van onderwerpen.
Devon
Al Aswany is clearly a gifted writer and has a very poignant and relevant viewpoint. However, compiling 200 pages worth of columns into a single book becomes a bit repetitive.
Alexandra
Feb 02, 2014 Alexandra rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Chicago si Blocul Iakubian mi-au placut mult mai mult . As fi vrut sa fiu egiptean nu m-a atras atat de mult dat fiind faptul ca povestile nu au nici o legatura
Nermy
Apr 02, 2012 Nermy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"This man doesn't believe much in religion but his gracious and magnanimous behavior puts him at a higher level of real piety.
Dina P.
Jun 30, 2013 Dina P. rated it really liked it
An interesting, not boring political books. Felt like reading Indonesian condition prior to 1998 riot (and current situation :D)
Paul
Jul 12, 2012 Paul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good insights into public resentments/frustrations leading into Arab Spring.
Charlène
Agréable, mais pas le meilleur de Alaa El Aswany.
Sarah
Feb 06, 2011 Sarah marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I can't wait!
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Alaa al-Aswany (Arabic: علاء الأسواني), Egyptian Arabic (Masri) "علاء الاسوانى" (born 1957) is an Egyptian writer, and a founding member of the political movement Kefaya.

Trained as a dentist in Egypt and Chicago, it took him 9 years to earn his degree from Chicago National University where he spent 17 years in his life, al-Aswany has contributed numerous articles to Egyptian newspapers on literatu
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“The concept of the benevolent dictator, just like the concepts of the noble thief or the honest whore, is no more than a meaningless fantasy.” 9 likes
“Egyptians are like camels: they can put up with beatings, humiliation and starvation for a long time but when they rebel they do so suddenly and with a force that is impossible to control.” 9 likes
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