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The City Always Wins: A Novel

by Omar Robert Hamilton

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Couldn't put down this urgent debut novel chronicling the Egyptian Arab Spring uprising. You follow the narrative through the lives of two young activists while checking in with the family of a young martyr. Hamilton does a great job of giving the reader the micro and macro views of this discrete time. Looking forward to reading more by this novelist.

I received an advanced copy of this novel from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!
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A debut novel that captures the experience of the Egyptian revolution like no news report could

The City Always Wins is a novel 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 twenty-first 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.

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" A debut novel that captures the experience of the Egyptian revolution like no news report could. The City Always Wins is a remarkable novel from the psychological heart of a revolution. From the communal highs of pitched night battles against the police in Cairo to the solitary lows of defeated exile in New York, Omar Robert Hamilton's debut is a unique immersion in one of the key chapters of the twenty-first century. Arrestingly visual, intensely lyrical, uncompromisingly political, The City Always Wins is a novel not just about Egypt's revolution but about a global generation that tried to change the world. "-- "A first novel that captures the experience of the Egyptian revolution like no news report could, and follows the lives of several characters as the movement evolves"--… (more)

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