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The revolution that went up in smoke

In Circling the Square, the foreign correspondent Wendell Steavenson traces — through lightening character-sketches of Cairo life — how the Egyptian revolution ‘see-sawed between joy and death’

22 August 2015

9:00 AM

22 August 2015

9:00 AM

Circling the Square: Stories from the Egyptian Revolution Wendell Steavenson

Granta, pp.384, £14.99, ISBN: 9781783782345

‘Every day’, writes the foreign correspondent Wendell Steavenson in this account of the 2011 Egyptian revolution, ‘see-sawed between joy and death.’ She covered the 18-day cataclysm and stayed on in Cairo for another 18 months to report its aftermath, filing for the New Yorker among other outlets. The title refers of course to Tahrir Square, the heart of the conflict, a place ‘shaped like a giant teardrop with a traffic circle in the centre’.

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