A debut that captures the experience of the Egyptian revolution like no news report could.
The City Always Wins is an audiobook from the front line of a revolution. Deeply enmeshed in the 2011 uprising in Tahrir Square, Mariam and Khalil move through Cairo's surging streets and roiling political underground, their lives burning with purpose, their city alive in open revolt, the world watching, listening, as they chart a course into an unknown future. They are - they believe - fighting a new kind of revolution; they are players in a new epic in the making.
From the communal highs of night battles against the police to the solitary lows of postrevolutionary exile, Omar Robert Hamilton's bold debut cuts to the psychological heart of one the key chapters in the 21st century. Arrestingly visual, intensely lyrical, uncompromisingly political, and brutal in its poetry, The City Always Wins is a novel not just about Egypt's revolution but about a global generation that tried to change the world.
"Forceful, astonishing writing and a piercing insider's look at Egypt's failed revolution." (Library Journal)
"A dizzying debut.... Jarring and memorable." (Booklist)
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Tahrir Square brought to life: exquisite narration