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Alaa al Aswany

Biography

Alaa al Aswany was born in 1957 in Cairo. His father was a novelist and lawyer who had an office in the Yacoubian building in Cairo. Al Aswany studied dentistry, first in Cairo and then in Chicago, and when he qualified, he too had an office in the Yacoubian building. While practicing dentistry, he was also writing and published three novels before the big success of عمارة يعقوبيان (The Yacoubian Building), which was also made into a successful film. As well as novels he has written short stories and also contributes articles to newspapers.

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Bibliography

Note: Only books in English translation
2002 عمارة يعقوبيان (The Yacoubian Building)
2007 شيكاجو (Chicago)
2008 Friendly Fire: Ten Tales of Today’s Cairo
2013 On the State of Egypt : What Made The Revolution Inevitable
2013 نادي السيارات (The Automobile Club of Egypt)
2015 Democracy is the Answer: Egypt’s Years of Revolution
2018 جمهورية كأن (The Republic of False Truths)
2019 The Dictatorship Syndrome