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The Dictatorship Syndrome


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Multimillion-copy, bestselling author of The Yacoubian Building, Alaa Al-Aswany reflects on the nature of dictatorship, how it takes hold, and how it survives; Alaa Al-Aswany currently writes opinion pieces for the Guardian, New York Times and Deutsche Welle Arabic; A renowned novelist, Al Aswany has lived and worked under successive dictatorships in Egypt; Al Aswany has over 3.2 million followers on Twitter and is one of the foremost thinkers writing on Egypt and wider Middle East.

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Alaa Al Aswany's The Yacoubian Building was longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award (IMPAC) in 2006 and has sold over a million copies worldwide. His work has been translated into twenty-nine languages and published in over a hundred countries. Al Aswany was named by The Times as one of the fifty best authors to have been translated into English in the last fifty years.

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