Ahdaf Soueif

Ahdaf Soueif


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in Cairo , Egypt
March 23, 1950

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Ahdaf Soueif (Arabic: أهداف سويف) is an Egyptian short story writer, novelist and political and cultural commentator. She was educated in Egypt and England - studied for a PhD in linguistics at the University of Lancaster.

Her novel The Map of Love (1999) was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and subsequently translated into 21 languages. Soueif writes primarily in English, but her Arabic-speaking readers say they can hear the Arabic through the English. Along with in-depth and sensitive readings of Egyptian history and politics, Soueif also writes about Palestinians in her fiction and non-fiction. A shorter version of "Under the Gun: A Palestinian Journey" was originally published in The Guardian and then printed in full in Soueif's re
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The Map of Love

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3.80 avg rating — 5,054 ratings — published 1999 — 30 editions
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In the Eye of the Sun

3.90 avg rating — 853 ratings — published 1993 — 11 editions
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I Think of You: Stories

3.44 avg rating — 274 ratings — published 1996 — 10 editions
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زينة الحياة

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Cairo: My City, Our Revolution

3.85 avg rating — 245 ratings — published 2012 — 12 editions
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في مواجهة المدافع: رحلة فلس...

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3.63 avg rating — 176 ratings — published 1999 — 3 editions
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Aisha

3.44 avg rating — 159 ratings — published 1983 — 5 editions
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Sandpiper

3.72 avg rating — 112 ratings — published 1996 — 2 editions
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Mezzaterra: Fragments from ...

3.73 avg rating — 82 ratings — published 2004 — 7 editions
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This is Not a Border: Repor...

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“She had been wrong to think it wouldn't matter that much to him, yes, he took her for granted, of course he did , but he took her for granted - not like an old coat in the corner of a dark cupboard, as she'd put it to herself , but like the very air that he breathed .”
Ahdaf Soueif, In the Eye of the Sun

“Ya Ummi(my mother), I cannot live my life with a woman who has no key to my mind and does not share my concerns. She cannot - will not - read anything. She shrugs off the grave problems of the day and asks if I think her new tablecloth is pretty. We are living in difficult times and it is not enough for a person to be interested in his home and his job - in his own personal life. I need my partner to be someone to whom I can turn, confident of her sympathy, believing her when she tells me I'm in the wrong, strengthened when she tells me I'm in the right. I want to love, and be loved back - but what I see is not love or companionship but a sort of transacton of convenience santioned by religion and society and I do not want it.”
Ahdaf Soueif, The Map of Love

“You know, I've been thinking: all the women in the books you like -- Sartre and Camus and all that -- they don't really exist. Not as people. They're only there to wait for the men. To love them and be loved back or not -- mostly not; to be beaten up or killed; to appear as a face on the wall of Meurseault's cell--”
Ahdaf Soueif, In the Eye of the Sun

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