9789992194485

Blue Lorries

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  • ISBN13:

    9789992194485

  • ISBN10:

    9992194480

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 7/28/2015
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

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Summary

Nada is no stranger to protest. She is five years old when her French mother takes her to visit her Egyptian father, a political activist with a passing resemblance to President Nasser, in prison. When he returns home a changed man five years later, their little family begins to fracture, and eventually Nada's mother moves back to Paris. Through her teenage years Nada is surrounded by the language of protest--"anarchism," "Trotskyism," communism"--and, one summer in Paris, she discovers the '68 movement and her first love. And how to slam doors in anger.

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Through student sit-ins, imprisonments, passionate arguments, accidental alliances, fallen friends, joys, and regrets, Nada's story grows into the story of Egypt's many celebrated activists, such as Arwa Saleh and Siham Sabri. Moving, uplifting, and deeply human, Radwa Ashour's masterpiece is the story of Egypt in the second half of the twentieth century and a paean to all those who choose a life of activism and quiet defiance.

Author Biography

Radwa Ashour is an Egyptian writer and scholar born in 1946. She is the author of numerous novels, short story collections and academic works and contributed to the essay collection Reflections on Islamic Art. A long-time professor of English literature at Ain Shams University in Cairo, she holds a PhD in African-American literature from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She lives in Cairo and is married to Palestinian writer Mourid Barghouti (also published by Bloomsbury).


About the translator
Barbara Romaine has translated two previous works by Radwa Ashour. She was the runner up in the 2011 Banipal Prize for Literary Translation, for her translation of Spectres, by Radwa Ashour.

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