The Republic of False Truths
‘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
‘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.
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.
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.
Rooted in first-hand experience, this searing account of the short-lived 2011 Egyptian revolution blends knockabout satire with real polemical anger.
A blistering, bold dissection of a failed revolution, and of the disenchantment and dissent that inevitably follow.
An amazing portrait of fanaticism and cynicism among Egyptian powermongers.
An engaging, provocative and, ultimately, frustrating tour of the revolution, from its gestation to its bloody aftermath.
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