Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 January 2008

368 Pages

6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9789774161018

Bookseller Code (06)

Conscience of the Nation

Writers, State, and Society in Modern Egypt

Richard Jacquemond

A Publication of The American University in Cairo Press

Artfully combining social and literary history, this unique study explores the dual loyalties of contemporary Egyptian authors from the 1952 Revolution to the present day. Egypt's writers have long had an elevated idea of their social mission, considering themselves 'the conscience of the nation.' At the same time, modern Egyptian writers work under the liberal conception of the writer borrowed from the European model. As a result, each Egyptian writer treads the tightrope between authority and freedom, social commitment and artistic license, loyalty to the state and to personal expression, in an ongoing quest for an elusive literary ideal.


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