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By Rita Sakr

ISBN-10: 1137294736

ISBN-13: 9781137294739

This examine examines the ways that the relationships among the inventive energy of progressive humans and the innovative strength of artistic artists, specially writers, are obvious within the on-going Arab uprisings. Bringing jointly literature, cultural geography, and human rights discourse, it explores various contemporary novels and memoirs from Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Syria. those works sought to solve the political geographies of injustice and well known discontent and hence 'anticipated' or imaginatively predicted in addition to participated in a few of the significant present upheavals of their specific nationwide contexts. by way of revealing socio-economic divisions and spatial injustice, disappearances and political prisons, surveillance and exile in addition to the progressive spirit of oppressed populations and the risks of counter-revolutionary forces, civil strife, and fundamentalism, they variously re-imagine the realities that brought on the alterations we're now witnessing.

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In her 11 February entry in Cairo, Soueif imagines Makram’s statue poetically coming alive: ‘The uplifted hand of Omar Makram’s statue blesses us all and so does the half-moon, further up, nestling – truly – in the fronds of a palm tree’ (2012, p. 170). The coming to life of monuments has been a common trope in the fictional depiction of historical crises in post-imperial and post-independence literatures from Salman Rushdie in Midnight’s Children and Shame to Orhan Pamuk in The Black Book and The New Life.

7 Alaa al-Aswany explores these same sociological and political issues with greater depth, subtlety, and commitment than Salmawy in his writings from 2005 to 2010 (and this is ongoing). Across literature and journalism as well as through his more general public intellectual activism, he has managed to create a discourse of the revolution that seems more politically integral to the formerly growing and now ongoing sense of popular discontent. In February 2005, al-Aswany wrote: ‘We have so much poverty, unemployment, rampant social injustice, repression, vote rigging, and abuse of innocents that life has become impossible for millions of Egyptians’ (2011b, p.

Due to the parameters of this project, only some representative works that in various ways imagined or ‘anticipated’ the Egyptian uprising will be examined here. These include, besides Soueif, novels by Alaa al-Aswany, Mohammed Salmawy, and Ahmed Khaled Towfik. To use the term with which Ayman el-Desouky describes Mahfouz’s Children of the Alley, these works offer ‘a radical form of historical consciousness’ (2011, p. 433), one that is articulated particularly through the quests of the disenfranchised citizen and the public intellectual, both Indignados, to realize a project of ‘Tahrir’ across the political geographies of their street, square, city, country.

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