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We’ll win or lose it here

Robert F. Worth: Lessons from Tahrir Square

20 September 2017
The City Always Wins 
by Omar Robert Hamilton.
Faber, 312 pp., £14.99, August 2017, 978 0 571 33517 6
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Chronicle of a Last Summer: A Novel​ of Egypt 
by Yasmine El Rashidi.
Tim Duggan, 181 pp., £11.70, June 2017, 978 0 7704 3729 9
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... flaunts its true-to-life cachet: it is dedicated to Alaa Abdel Fattah, one of the actual uprising’s most charismatic figures and the author’s cousin. No such verité aspirations can be found in YasmineElRashidi’s Chronicle of a Last Summer, an elliptical, deceptively placid narrative that scarcely mentions the events of 2011. It is very much a novel about the revolt, but only as seen through ...

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