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Over the past few months I have delivered lectures, presentations and interviews on the Egyptian Revolution. I’ve had full houses in London, Washington, New York and elsewhere. I’ve been stopped by old ladies in the street and had my hand shaken by taxi drivers and shopkeepers. All because I’m Egyptian and the glitter of Tahrir is upon me.

Ahdaf Soueif was born and brought up in Cairo. When the Egyptian Revolution of 2011 erupted on January 25th she, along with thousands of others, called Tahrir Square home for eighteen days. She reported for the world’s media and did – like everyone else – whatever she could. 

For years Soueif had shied away from writing about Cairo. “It hurt too much,” she admits: “But the city was there, close to me, looking over my shoulder, holding up the prism through which I understood the world, inserting herself into everything I wrote. It hurt. And now, miraculously, it doesn’t. Because my city is mine again.”

In this unique and beautiful personal document of an extraordinary moment in history, Ahdaf Soueif – novelist, commentator, activist – navigates her history of Cairo and her journey through the Revolution that is redrawing its future. Through a map of stories drawn from private history and public record Soueif charts a story of the Revolution that is both intimately hers and publicly Egyptian.

The story of a revolution that surged through a nation, and the memory of the country it rose from….
‘Soueif is a political analyst and commentator of the best kind’ London Review of Book s
Praise for The Map of Love, shortlisted for the Booker Prize
‘Soueif is at her most eloquent on the subject of her homeland, her prose rich with historical detail and debate. Egypt emerges as the true heroine of this novel.’ Independent
‘Soueif has woven past and present, romance and history, east and west into an extraordinary fictional discussion of love, politics and the fraught relationship between Britain and Egypt.’ Penelope Lively
Ahdaf Soueif is the author of the bestselling novels The Map of Love (shortlisted for the Booker Prize) and In the Eye of the Sun, Mezzaterra: Fragments from the Common Ground, a collection of essays positioned at the intersection of culture and politics, and I Think of You, a collection of short stories. She writes regularly for the Guardian in the UK and al-Shorouk in Egypt, and is the founder of the Palestine Festival of Literature, PalFest.

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Cairo, My City, Our Revolution

  The Guardian: Cairo: My City, Our Revolution      
  Cairo 360: Cairo: My City, Our Revolution  
  The White Review: Interview with Ahdaf Soueif by Jacques Testard    
  The London Evening Standard: Cairo: My City, Our Revolution - review  
  Financial Times: Between hope and fear  
  Shorouk News: Excerpt part 3: (القاهرة مدينتى.. وثورتنا) .. الفصل الأخير  
  Shorouk News: Excerpt part 2: مقتطف من كتاب (القاهرة: مدينتى وثورتنا)  
  Shorouk News: Excerpt part 1:مقتطف من كتاب (القاهرة: مدينتى وثورتنا)  
  Tha National: Cairo: play-by-play of the Arab Spring's early days in Egypt  
  The Independent: Cairo: My City, Our Revolution, By Ahdaf Soueif  
  The Telegraph: Have the Arabs lost their Spring?  
  The Witness:A moving memoir on life in Egypt    
  Business Day: BOOK REVIEW: Cairo: My City, Our Revolution    
  The Irish Time: A view from Tahrir's barricades    
  The Age: Connecting for freedom    
  AlArab AlYoum: أهداف سويف تُصدر القاهرة: مدينتي وثورتنا    
  Ottawa Citizen: Arab Spring: A journalist’s bleakness and a novelist’s optimism
  Goodreads: Cairo - My city, our revolution    
  Invisile Arabs: Ahdaf Soueif, la sua Cairo, la loro Rivoluzione    
  The Daily Beast: Ahdaf Soueif Reflects on the City of Cairo    
  Wordpress: Cairo: My City, Our Revolution By Ahdaf Soueif    
  The Economist: Revolution in Egypt Square eyes Tahrir Square, one year on    
  Varsity: Cairo by Ahdaf Soueif    
  Africa is a country:   Ahdaf Soueif’s Cairo    
  Camden New Journal: Review - Cairo My City, Our Revolution. By Ahdaf Soueif