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Eamon McCabe
Ahdaf Soueif

Three years into our bitterly contested Egyptian revolution I understand better than ever that nothing is possible without liberty.
I also understand how liberty cannot be divided. The Egyptian football ultras have a rousing anthem that we sing on our protests; a few lines in English:

They said trouble ran in our blood
and how'd we dare demand our rights
Oh dumb regime
understand
what I want:
Liberty! Liberty!

 

Ahdaf Soueif is the author of the bestselling The Map of Love (shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1999 and translated into 28 languages), as well as the well-loved 'In the Eye of the Sun' and the collection of short stories, 'I Think of You'. Ms Soueif is also a political and cultural commentator. Her account of Egyptian events, 'Cairo: my City, our Revolution', was published by Bloomsbury in January 2012. An updated edition, 'Cairo: a City Transformed', came out in 2014 published by Knopf in NY and Bloomsbury in London. 

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