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Cairo: My City, Our Revolution

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  230 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews
Ahdaf Soueif - novelist, commentator, activist - takes us through her city of Cairo and traces the path of the revolution that's redrawing its future. Through a map of stories drawn from private history and public record, she charts a story of the revolution that is both intimately hers and publicly Egyptian.
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published January 19th 2012 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Oct 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: readers of history, current events
Recommended to Sue by: MENA
This was an enlightening and uplifting read. To learn more of what happened in Cairo, in and around Tahrir during the days of revolution in late January, early February 2011 is quite an experience. Here we are not filtered by the Western press or government spokesmen. We hear from an Egyptian writer who was there along with her friends and family.

A major fact I learned was the variety of peoples in the square, people from all corners of Egyptian life, all religious sectors, economic and educatio
Nov 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who has ever marched or camped in protest
I don't know if this book will stand the test of time and become a classic revolutionary text. It is breathless and rushed and full of awe at what has just transpired, and doubt, worry about what came six months later and what will come. It may not provide the historical context a reader who didn't follow Al-Jazeera's live blog minute by minute for 18 days in early 2011 may need. It is powerful to read right now.

There is a revolutionary truth in here that will never be captured by a historian. S
Jan 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
I envy every person who was in Egypt and took part, partially or wholly, in the revolution on the ground. I wish I had been there in person. I was of course in spirit.. worrying, hoping, fearful, angry, optimistic, tweeting, facebooking, emailing... but I wasn't there in person.

And now that I've read this book, I feel the impact of how much I have missed by not being there. But I also feel a sense of overwhelming pride that we, the people, achieved what we achieved in such a short time with the
Arabic :
القاهرة.. مدينتى وثورتنا

مقتطف من كتاب (القاهرة: مدينتى وثورتنا)

(القاهرة: مدينتى وثورتنا) .. الأربعاء 2 فبراير 2011

(القاهرة مدينتى.. وثورتنا) .. الفصل الأخير

النشر المفصل

1-القاهرة.. مدينتى وثورتنا الجزء الأولــ١٨ يومًا

2- القاهرة.. مدينتى وثورتنا (٢)

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Aug 05, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An attempt to give a blow-by-blow account of one woman's perspective on the 2011-2012 Arab Spring in Egypt. The book is trying to do a good thing, but it really gets bogged down in details. Unless you already know the overall story pretty well (and frankly, a lot of the twists and turns are already starting to fade from my mind), it is hard to keep track of what is happening.

It's also a very sad book. Not because it was written as a sad book. Most of the chapters are filled with optimism that th
May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, non-fiction, 2014
Absolutely stunning and visceral, one of the best and most important books I've ever read. In some ways it reminds me of Quattrochhi's The Beginning of the End, except this goes much deeper.

On 28 January, standing at that momentous crossroads, the Nile behind us, the Arab League building to our left, the old Ministry of Foreign Affairs to our right, seeing nothing up ahead except the gas and smoke and fire that stand between us and our capital, we stand our ground and sing and chant and place ou
Yasmina Ibrahim
3.5 stars. I have ambivalent feelings about this book. There were parts where I absolutely loved it because Soueif captured the emotions of the revolution in a way that made you feel as if you were actually there - I even teared up a few times. However, the structure of the book and the way it was written is not well thought out in my opinion. She starts out by recounting the first few of the 18 days that ended with the ousting of Mubarak, then interrupts this and jumps to events that happened m ...more
Oct 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
There has been an updated edition of this book that I would very much like to read to get a first hand account of the revolution in Egypt. This book is a first hand witness of the revolution in Egypt, but actually as the author says herself three revolutions, or perhaps three parts to the revolution? However way it is labelled it is the transformation of Egypt. As Norman Bethune once said that you couldn't have a revolution without birthing pains, that it is bloody, messy, cripplingly painful, a ...more
Feb 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was rapt. This is a first-hand, personal story about Cairo and the Tahrir revolution by Adhad Souief, an Egyptian author of The Map of Love. Souief was born in Egypt and educated in England. Her family is liberal and West-leaning, but she also is very pro Palestine. Such is the complicated political milieu of the Middle East. The book is really a diary of the 18 days of the Tahrir revolution, with an epilogue inserted in the middle. Sourief’s talent as a story writer serves her well and we are ...more
Yasmin Sabry
Apr 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pdf
Amazing book... This book will prove to be of great value many years from now, when the younger generations learn the true history of the revolution through the eyes of an authentic Egyptian lady who was born in a revolutionary family raising revolutionary children and grand children... The story goes on... Hopefully one day they get to stop protesting and enjoy the Egypt they dream of
I love Ahdaf Soueif, this lady managed to mix personal stories with national history in a way that makes the rea
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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-spea
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