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Ahdaf Soueif: ‘Revolution has captured the imagination’

Egyptian novelist Ahdaf Soueif spoke to Socialist Worker:

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Ahdaf Soueif

Ahdaf Soueif


“I think this revolution will carry on. The spirit of the country had been regained and revitalised. People, even if they are in a comfortable position, want to work for the public good.

There is a sense that people have chosen to connect to the spirit of working for the benefit of everyone.

The revolution has set loose a great creative energy with the slogans, chants, stand up comedy and street art.

Revolution has captured people’s imagination. Before, it felt like the world was being shoved in a direction away from the interest of the majority.

Look at climate change, or the new borders being set up to stop people migrating around the world. Market capitalism has been allowed to carry on untrammeled.

All the time everything is weighed against normal people. There is always free movement of capital but not a free movement of people.

Though the revolution wasn’t explicitly about socialism versus capitalism it sort of was.

Seeing people in Egypt reach a point where they were able to do this will give heart to others.

Especially today with the issue of communication—the internet means people are in contact across the world. This gives a boost to spreading the idea of liberation.”


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