Latest Issue

Egyptian novelist Alaa Al Aswany: “When you live under a dictatorship, you become sick”

The Egyptian revolution which toppled Hosni Mubarak in 2011 can still succeed, says Alaa Al Aswany

By Sameer Rahim  

Permanent revolution? Egyptians gather in Tahrir Square in 2012 to celebrate the ousting of Hosni Mubarak (© AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)













In 2006 the Egyptian novelist Alaa Al Aswany published The Yacoubian Building, which followed the lives of Cairo residents struggling under the dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak. It was a bestseller in Egypt and became a successful film. It was…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect