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The Republic of False Truths

Alaa Al Aswany
Translated by S. R. Fellowes

‘An amazing portrait of fanaticism and cynicism among Egyptian powermongers.’ ANDRÉ ACIMAN

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From the bestselling author of The Yacoubian Building

Superb’ Sunday Times

‘Searing’ Daily Mail
‘Blistering’ Financial Times
‘Glorious’ Observer
‘Amazing’ André Aciman

General Alwany is a pious man who loves his family. He also tortures and kills enemies of the state.

Under the regime of Hosni Mubarak, Egypt is gripped by cronyism, religious hypocrisy, and the oppressive military. Now, however, the regime faces its greatest crisis. The idealistic young from different backgrounds – engineers, teachers, medical students, and among them the general’s daughter – have come together to challenge the status quo. Euphoria mounts as Mubarak is toppled and love blossoms across class divides, but the general and his friends mount a devastating counter-attack.

Critic Reviews

A masterly panorama of doomed revolution, Aswany’s novel puts him in the company of writers such as Joseph Conrad or Mario Vargas Llosa as an outstanding fictional confronter of authoritarianism and its entrenched evils.

Sunday Times
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Exile has only whetted the blade of [Aswany's] satire . . a glorious, humane novel that chronicles the failure of a revolution and its personal cost without ever quite extinguishing hope of a better future.

Critic Reviews

Rooted in first-hand experience, this searing account of the short-lived 2011 Egyptian revolution blends knockabout satire with real polemical anger.

Daily Mail
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A blistering, bold dissection of a failed revolution, and of the disenchantment and dissent that inevitably follow.

Financial Times
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An amazing portrait of fanaticism and cynicism among Egyptian powermongers.

Andre Aciman, Guardian
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An engaging, provocative and, ultimately, frustrating tour of the revolution, from its gestation to its bloody aftermath.

The Economist
Alaa AlAswany

Alaa Al Aswany originally trained as a dentist and retains his own dental practice in Cairo. His novel The Yacoubian Building has sold over one million copies worldwide and was the bestselling novel in the Arab world for over five years. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages and published in over one hundred countries. He speaks…

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