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The City Always Wins

Omar Robert Hamilton

This thrilling debut is the definitive novel of the Arab Spring by an author who witnessed the revolution first hand.

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Winner of the the Betty Trask Prize 2018
Winner of the Best Debut Under 35 from the Society of Authors
Winner of the Prix de le Litterature, Institut Du Monde Arabe
A Boston Globe and White Review Book of the Year

Egypt, 2011: this is a revolution. On the streets of Cairo, a violent uprising is transforming the course of history. Mariam and Khalil, two young activists, are swept up in the fervour. Their lives will never be the same again.

The City Always Wins captures the feverish intensity of the 2011 Egyptian revolution ­­– from the euphoria of mass protests, to the silence of the morgue – piercing the bloody heart of the uprising.

Critic Reviews

An astounding debut novel.

Critic Reviews

Unbearable. Unmissable. A dazzling debut.

Naomi Klein
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Vividly brings to life the failed revolution of 2011 on the streets of Cairo, in all its youthful bravery and naĂŻve utopianism.

J. M. Coetzee
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Compelling . . . Hamilton is to be commended for his vivid and sensitive depiction of one of the most important events in recent world history.

Literary Review
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A picture so vivid and powerful that it gives a passionate life and reality to what might have been perceived only as abstract principles . . . It will be a long time before we read anything so skilfully brought to life.

Philip Pullman
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The City Always Wins is a stirring, clear, humane and immensely savvy novel about political innocence and fearlessness. Its fictive portrayals of the Egyptian ‘revolution’ of 2011 are nothing less than ground-breaking.

Richard Ford
Omar RobertHamilton

Omar Robert Hamilton is an award-winning filmmaker and writer. He has written for the Guardian, the London Review of Books and Guernica. He co-founded the Mosireen media collective in Cairo and the Palestine Festival of Literature.

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