Alaa Al-Aswany is considered to be one of Egypt’s best-selling novelists and a leading figure in current political reform movements in Egypt. A dentist by profession, Al-Aswany came to prominence for his 2002 novel The Yacoubian Building, which has since been translated into over 23 different languages. He was a founding member of Kefaya, a political movement for change. He writes a weekly article in Al-Masry Al-Youm on Tuesdays. His articles have been published in leading international newspapers such as the New York Times, Le Monde, El Pais, The Guardian, The Independent and others.
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