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Alaa Al Aswany, Egyptian writer

Alaa Al Aswany is an Egyptian writer born in 1957, author of acclaimed novel The Yacoubian Building. He was a founding member of the political opposition movement Kefaya (“Enough”). Al Aswany is an influential news columnist and also a practicing dentist. “I really do believe writing a good novel is much more important than being the president of Egypt.”

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