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Ahdaf Soueif Discusses the 2011 Revolution and the Current Situation in Egypt

CairoThe Telegraph India interviewed Ahdaf Soueif, author of Cairo: My City, Our Revolution, about the Egyptian revolution in 2011 and what things are currently like in her country. She commented that “The unrest, the fight, the revolution — all continues” and that materially nothing has improved.

Soueif is currently in India for the Kolkata Literary Meet. In the interview she commented on the perception of her as being a voice of the masses, saying that it’s an honour she can’t lay claim to and that all she can do is to write as well and as honestly as she can:

A short story writer, novelist and a political and cultural commentator — Cairo-born Ahdaf Soueif wielded her pen to voice the unrest surrounding the Egyptian revolution. Shortlisted for the 1999 The Man Booker Prize for The Map of Love, Ahdaf’s most recent work — Cairo: My City, Our Revolution — recounts her personal experience of the 2011 Egyptian revolution. A t2 chat with the author who’s all set to storm our city for the Kolkata Literary Meet.

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