Fiction in Translation
English edition  
176 pp.
12.5X20 cm
ISBN 9789774166426
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Butterfly Wings

An Egyptian Novel Mohamed Salmawy
Translated by Raphael Cohen

The prescient Egyptian novel that described the January 2011 Revolution before it happened

A chance encounter on a plane throws together Doha, a fashion designer unhappily married to a leading figure in the Mubarak regime, and Ashraf, an academic and leading dissident. The story of their relationship and Doha’s self-discovery runs alongside a young Egyptian’s search for the mother he never knew, and these intersecting narratives unfold against the background of political protests that culminate in the overthrow of the regime. A moving and at times humorous story, Butterfly Wings is an extended allegory of Egypt’s modern experience of authoritarian rule and explores the fractures and challenges of a society at the moment of revolutionary transformation. Mohamed Salmawy’s almost prophetic novel was first published in Arabic immediately prior to the events of 25 January 2011, and has been celebrated as ‘the novel that predicted the Revolution.’ First published in Arabic in 2011 by al-Dar al-Misriya al-Libnaniya as Ajnihat al-farasha.
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Mohamed Salmawy is an Egyptian playwright, novelist, and poet. He is president of the Writers’ Union of Egypt, secretary general of the General Union of Arab Writers, and editor in chief of the leading daily newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm. Raphael Cohen is the translator of So You May See by Mona Prince (AUC Press, 2011) and Status: Emo by Eslam Mosbah (AUC Press, 2013).

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The author and leading Egyptian actress Yousra read an excerpt from Butterfly Wings
Oriental Hall, AUC Tahrir Square Campus (May 26, 2014)
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“Butterfly Wings is therefore a novel of various tales of personal upheaval within the wider, more complex framework of national turmoil.”— Malcolm Forbes, The National (UAE)//endoftext//endoftext"[An] engaging, provocative book."—The Huffington Post//endoftext//endoftext"Through Butterfly Wings, Mohammed Salmawy breaks into new political and social worlds that are yet to be discovered by the Egyptian novel."—"A literary and human testimony to the historical moment Egypt is living through."—al-Mistri al-yawm//endoftext//endoftext"Had authorities been reading novels instead of police reports they could have avoided what happened in Tahrir Square, where the large number of revolutionaries, tweeters, and facebookers is larger than any prison can —Asharq Al-Awsat

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