Oblong Online: Alaa Al Aswany, THE REPUBLIC OF FALSE TRUTHS

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021 - 7:00pm
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Presented in partnership with Bard Written Arts.

In conversation with Dinaw Mengestu, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor in the Humanities at Bard College.

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Alaa Al AswanyThe Republic of False Truths by Alaa Al AswanyDinaw Mengestu

Left to Right (top to bottom on mobile): Alaa al Aswany, The Republic of False Truths, Dinaw Mengestu

Alaa Al Aswany is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including the novels The Yacoubian Building, the best-selling novel in the Arab world for more than five years, with more than a million copies sold around the world; Chicago, named by Newsday as the best-translated novel of 2006; and The Automobile Club of Egypt. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages and published in more than one hundred countries. He is the recipient of the Grinzane Cavour Prize, and in 2016 he was appointed a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France.

Dinaw Mengestu was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 1978. He is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, a fellowship in fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship, and was named a “20 under 40” writer to watch by The New Yorker. Mengestu’s writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Harper’s, Granta, and other publications.


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The Republic of False Truths: A novel Cover Image
By Alaa Al Aswany, S. R. Fellowes (Translated by)
$28.95
ISBN: 9780307957221
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Published: Knopf - August 10th, 2021

A "glorious, humane novel" (The Observer) about the Egyptian revolution, taking us inside the battle raging between those in power and those prepared to lay down their lives in the defense of freedom—this globally-acclaimed narrative from one of the foremost writers in the Arab world is still banned across much of the region.

Cairo, 2011. After decades under a repressive regime, tensions are rising in the city streets. No one is out of reach of the revolution. There is General Alwany, a high-ranking member of the government's security agency, a pious man who loves his family yet won't hesitate to torture enemies of the state; Asma, a young teacher who chafes against the brazen corruption at her school; Ashraf, an out-of-work actor who is having an affair with his maid and who gets pulled into Tahrir Square through a chance encounter; Nourhan, a television personality who loyally defends those in power; and many more.
 
As these lives collide, a new generation finds a voice, love blossoms across class divides, and the revolution gains strength. Even the general finds himself at a crossroads as his own daughter joins the protests. Yet the old regime will not give up without a fight.
 
With an unforgettably vivid cast of characters and a heart-pounding narrative banned across much of the region, Alaa Al Aswany gives us a deeply human portrait of the Egyptian Revolution, and an impassioned retelling of his country's turbulent recent history.


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Chicago: A Novel Cover Image
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The Yacoubian Building: A Novel Cover Image
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All Our Names Cover Image
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How to Read the Air Cover Image
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