Jonathan Smolin + Alaa Al Aswany discuss “I Do Not Sleep”

Jonathan Smolin and Alaa Al Aswany discuss (the late) Ihsan Abdel Kouddous’ novel, “I Do Not Sleep”.

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Jonathan Smolin on the Relationship Between Ihsan Abdel Kouddous’s Politics and His Novels

“My book really is an examination of how he participated in the coup ,and how he believed fundamentally that the Free Officers were going to install democracy, and—once he realized that they were actually installing military dictatorship—the way he dissented, in the editorials and in person, the way that he was jailed, and the way he turned to fiction to express his dissent directly to Nasser.”

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