A Military Republic by Haythem Bastawy
Egypt is in a state of turmoil, beggars have filled the streets, unemployment is at a record high, random individuals are vanishing under mysterious circumstances, and the president is grooming his son to take over. Fear clings to the air with secret police waiting in dark corners, and love withers under the crushing will of authority. Haythem Bastawy, an Egyptian himself, manages through his captivating narrative to depict a dangerous and yet absorbing world of a country in crisis and a people on the verge of a revolution. A Military Republic is a novel based on the true events that were the spark to the blaze of the Egyptian Revolution.
Praise for A Military Republic:
"Haythem Bastawy's novel is unlike anything I have read before and truly introduced Egypt to me in a way I had never considered it. I know very little about Egyptian politics, aside from the relatively recent news coverage of the Revolution, etc., so found Bastawy's work both enlightening and extremely interesting."
~The Kindle Book Review
"This is an incredible story that everyone—at least every Westerner—should read."
"A tragic love story and a tragic life; the story of Hesham symbolises Egypt as a military republic. Very well written, helped me to understand the plight of the young people demonstrating for their freedom."
~ bookworm 2012
About the Author:
Haythem Bastawy was born in Alexandria, Egypt. He holds a B.A in English Literature from Alexandria University. He taught English for Berlitz-Egypt, before working for the as an English Language Lecturer based at both Cairo and Ain-Shams Universities. He also worked as a free-lance journalist for some local newspapers. He currently lives in Yorkshire with his wife and son. A Military Republic is the first novel in a series of books set in the year before the Egyptian Revolution and traveling back in time to the early nineteenth century.
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