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THE REVOLUTION FOR REAL

Youssef Rakha

Youssef Rakha,  was born in Cairo in 1976, he earned a BA in English and philosophy from Hull University, England. From 1998 to the present, he has worked as reporter, copy editor and cultural editor at Al-Ahram Weekly, the Cairo-based English-language newspaper. He was on sabbatical for a year (2008-2009) to work as a features writer at the Abu Dhabi-based daily, The National. His reportage, travel writing, fiction and poetry – written originally in either Arabic or English – as well as his photography have appeared in numerous publications in Cairo, Beirut, London, Berlin, Italy and the US, as well as on the World Wide Web. He exhibited photos at the Goethe Institute, Cairo, and has published six books in Arabic: a collection of short stories, Azhar Ash Shams (Flowers of the Sun,) 1999, Dar Sharqiyat, a photo travelogue, Beirut shi mahal (Beirut, Some Place), 2006, Kitab Amkenah – (nominated for the Lettre Ulysses Literary Reportage Award), two books of travel writing with the Beirut-based Dar Riyad El Rayyes: Bourguiba ala Madad (Bourguiba Reluctantly,) 2008 and Shamal al Qahira gharb al Filippin (North of Cairo, West of the Philippines), 2009, as well as a collection of poems and essays, Kullu Amakinina (All Our Places), 2010 with the Cairo-based Dar Al Ain. Kitab At Tughra (Book of the Sultan’s Seal), a novel that is also an imaginative evocation of post-2001 Cairo and a meditation on the decline of Muslim civilisation that draws on Ottoman history and the work of the great Cairene historians Ibn Iyas and Al Jabarti, appeared in Cairo with Dar Al Shorouk in February 2011

CONTENTS

THE REVOLUTION FOR REAL: CAIRO, 2011 

BEIRUT SHI MAHAL

THE BODY CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT THE MIND   

Five Cases Of Exorcism   

The Body Cannot Live Without The Mind

Three Versions of Copt  

The Nude and the Martyr  

The Menace of Resistance      

No Renaissance for Old Men   

Watermelon Republic

Open Letter to Dr. Mohamed El Baradei    

Lost in Affirmation

Post Mortem

Paperback 6" x 9" 139 pages ISBN 978-1-291-23592-0 Published February 2013

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