We're Very Excited for The City Always Wins, by Omar Robert Hamilton

Published June 2nd, 2017 - 10:11 GMT
A still from "Though I Know the River is Dry", directed by Omar Robert Hamilton.
A still from "Though I Know the River is Dry", directed by Omar Robert Hamilton.

Omar Robert Hamilton, the co-editor of This is Not a Border (which Al Bawaba previewed two days ago), will be having a busy month ahead with the release of his debut novel, The City Always Wins.

Set in Egypt during the 2011 uprising, The City Always Wins follows Mariam and Khalil, two young activists who believe they are fighting “a new kind of revolution,” different to the marching, fighting, and dying of the past: “A new epic in the making.” 

The novel promises to give a first-hand account of the “psychological heart” of one of the “key chapters in the twenty-first century.”

Praise has rained in from authors Philip Pullman (His Dark Materials), Nobel Laureate JM Coetzee (Slow Man), and Naomi Klein (The Shock Doctrine). Faber & Faber announced their acquisition of the novel last year by describing it as “remarkable.”

The City Always Wins will release June 13th, 2017 in the US and August 3rd, 2017 in the UK.

Omar Hamilton is the son of novelist Ahdaf Soueif (In the Eye of the Sun) and a proven storyteller, the man behind Though I Know the River is Dry (2013).

Al Bawaba Entertainment's team is excited to read his debut.

Of course, Hamilton isn't the only Arab novelist publishing in English these days. Last month, Hala Alyan published Salt Houses, about a Palestinian family displaced by the Six-Day War of 1967. Kirkus called the book “deeply moving"; The National and The LA Review of Books were equally effusive.

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