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City Always Wins

City Always Wins

by Omar Robert Hamilton

A thrilling and important debut about the Arab Spring - and a generation that tried to change the world - from an exciting and talented new voice.

Format
Paperback
Category
Fiction
Publisher
Allen & Unwin
Publish Date
August 2017

The City Always Wins is a remarkable novel from the psychological heart of a revolution. From the communal highs of pitched night battles against the police in Cairo to the solitary lows of defeated exile in New York, Omar Robert Hamilton's debut is a unique immersion into one of the key chapters of the 21st century. Bringing to life the 2011 Egyptian revolution, The City Always Wins conveys with extraordinary intensity all the stages of that place and that time through the lives of its two main characters Mariam and Khalil, ordinary young people caught up in an extraordinary moment. Furthermore, The City Always Wins is a novel not just about Egypt's revolution but about a global generation that tried to change the world. Reminiscent of the writing of Jeet Thayil, Zia Haider Rahma and Nadeem Aslam, Hamilton's prose is arrestingly visual, intensely lyrical and uncompromisingly political. A genuinely exciting new writer, he looks set to become a defining voice of his generation.

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