Eighteen Days of Spring in Winter

ISBN: 9781907605741
Format: eBook
Published: 01 Oct 2015
Price: £1.99

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18days review

‘I do not claim to be a spokesperson for my generation. I am not a poster girl of the revolution, nor its victim…You see, beneath the din and commotion is a collection of hopes and screams, and between the laments of joy and pain the weary walk…This is my lament.’

The Egyptian revolution of 2011 took just eighteen days to bring down the country’s president of thirty years.

Eighteen Days of Spring in Winter follows the life of Sophia, a literature student in Cairo. As the revolution begins to stir across Egypt, each member of Sophia’s family is affected differently. Her father remains worried and sceptical, her brother is quiet at home until he leaves to join the protesters, and Sophia discovers a new-found political consciousness as the revolution unfolds.

This first novel by author Saeida Rouass explores the impact of the revolution on a family home and the changes the protests bring to a young Egyptian woman’s perception of herself. It shows the challenges Sophia and her family must face in order to emerge from the revolution with continued hope.

Underneath these layers of glory, what Rouass does very well is engage in conversations regarding very difficult phenomenon in almost every society. The matter in which she writes about reputations, gossip, expectations, and of course, identity, is done simply and appealingly. She offers strong insight on moments of different types of revolutions: the personal – the revolutions inside the family unit and community.  A compelling narrative of human inconsistency… 
-Sabrien Amrov, Kalimat Magazine
A de-glossed version of the revolution, providing the space for reflection of what the revolution meant to ordinary professional Egyptians, how they dealt with the uncertainty, fear and distrust and how they emerged forever changed. While the narrative is gentle, it leaves a powerful message for the reader – one of hope and courage. 
– Review on Amazon.co.uk
It captures those moments we all realised the revolution was starting. You hear so much about the Arab Spring and the people involved, but this is a fresh, less trumpeted perspective. 
– Review on Amazon.co.uk
A very refreshing and unusual look at the revolution, and opens your eyes to how differently people can react to significant national events – sometimes even in a way that surprises themselves. There is nothing stereotypical or predictable about this story, it is unassuming and subtly powerful.
–  Review on Amazon.co.uk


An interview with Saeida

Where I Write Chapter 1: Saeida Rouass

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