Thursday, 20 June 2019

Books From The Backlog - Tahrir by Vladimir Volya

Books from the Backlog is a weekly post hosted at Carole's Random Life In Books. Carole says it's "a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread. If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks." Find out more and link up your own posts on Carole's Random Life In Books.

I enjoyed taking part in Books From The Backlog last year, but got out of the habit of the weekly posts. Now I hope to use this meme to stoke my enthusiasm for my 2019 Mount TBR Challenge. I'm posting one BFTB a fortnight and then Actually Reading The Book before the next post is due!

Last time I chose Confessions Of Zeno by Italo Svevo and my review is on Literary Flits.

Next up is:


Tahrir by Vladimir Volya

“Tahrir” is a historical novel about Egyptian revolution. It’s a story about people who strive for changes and protest against the authorities. Set in the midst of the struggle to overthrow Egyptian Dictator Hosni Mubarak, it speaks not just of the struggle for freedom, but of the many individual and very different lives that united to enable it.

The love story is a pivotal part of the book. The love affair between a woman, who joins the revolution and is swept away by ideas to change the world, and a man, who is a firm believer in peaceful and evolutionary solutions to social conflicts, is tested by a turbulent sequence of events. In order to be coupled, they have to make a choice – do they sacrifice their love or their ideals?

Vivid descriptions of Egyptian nature, architecture, traditions, the way of life, food, atmosphere and protests allow the reader to submerge into the flavour of this exotic country and be an intrepid traveller, witnessing unprecedented events.

Meticulously researched and exquisitely written, hope and sadness, love and loss are intermingled in this book - a book that will make you laugh, cry and want to take to the streets - a book that will make you question everything you know and everything you hold dear.



I was pretty sure I had downloaded Tahrir as part of a Smashwords promotion a couple of years ago. The novel isn't currently available on that website though so I am now doubting my memory! Regardless of how it appeared on my Kindle, it is an indie novel of the recent Egyptian revolution written by a Kazakh author who was in Cairo at the time. Fingers crossed it's good!

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    1. A bit longwinded in places, but overall a worthwhile and informative read

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  2. The premise sounds interesting.

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    1. An exciting place and time to read about - though of course I'm glad I wasn't actually there

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  3. That would be interesting to get a story from someone who was right there when it all went down. Yes, hopefully it is good. :)

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    1. Tahrir does have a good ring of eyewitness authenticity

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  4. I don't think I've read anything about the recent Egyptian revolution Hope is good!

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    1. I hadn't read anything specifically about Egypt before so was interested by this

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