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The Heron

Set on the eve of the January 1977 bread riots against IMF austerity programs and privatization that nearly brought down President Anwar Sadat, The Heron catches Egypt in the mid-stream of its modern history, as seen through the prism of a long winter night in the Cairo neighborhood of Kit Kat. Since it first appeared in 1984, Ibrahim Aslan's The Heron has been a classic of modern Arabic literature and was the basis of the film Kit Kat.

Ibrahim Aslan was born in Tanta in Egypt's Nile Delta 1937 and is culture editor in the Cairo bureau of the London-based daily newspaper al-Hayat. He published his first collection of short stories in 1971. The Heron, his first novel, was published in Arabic in 1983. He is also the author of Nile Sparrows (AUC Press 2004). Elliott Colla teaches comparative literature at Brown University.

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