Friday, August 16, 2013

Ahdaf Soueif

I caught the end of a BBC interview with an Egyptian woman whose name I didn't get. A writer. Her commentary of events in Egypt were so cogent, so articulate and clear; her condemnation of American policy as being against democratic interests so convincing, I had to find out who she was. Not an easy task. The BBC website didn't help. I found a list of prominent women writers in Egypt and began there. Soueif was an early possibility because of her activism. I found audio of an interview at the British museum - and instantly recognized her voice. Now I have to read her books. An incredible mind.

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1 comment:

Mike Gold said...

I believe you're talking about Ahdaf Soueif.

Certainly, I like the passion she writes with. Her enthusiasm reminds me of the belief held by so many in the SDS in this country during the '60s.

But what of the dream? I'm afraid the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 destabilized the entire Middle East. What began as an Arab Spring has turned into an Islamic Winter.

I just hope Ahdaf is not silenced along the way.

Get paid for reading, that's all I want to do. There is so much out there.