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#dictatorship syndrome

Although Egypt boasts a long history and tradition of literature, from ancient Egypt until today, very few modern writers come to mind when perusing modern local literature. One prominent writer, still publishing engaging and slightly controversial material, however, is Alaa Al Aswany. A dentist turned writer, the Egyptian author is most well-known for best-selling novels The Yacoubian Building and Chicago among other pieces of non-fiction and fiction works which have been translated into 37 languages. Indeed, famed novelist and revolutionary…