A chance encounter on a plane throws together Doha, a fashion designer unhappily married to a leading figure in the Mubarak regime, and Ashraf, an academic and leading dissident. The story of their relationship and Doha's self-discovery runs alongside a young Egyptian's search for the mother he never knew, and these intersecting narratives unfold against the background of political protests that culminate in the overthrow of the regime. A moving and at times humorous story, Butterfly Wings is an extended allegory of Egypt's modern experience of authoritarian rule and explores the fractures and challenges of a society at the moment of revolutionary transformation.
Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 218 g
Dimensions: 200 x 125 x 15 mm
"[An] engaging, provocative book."--The Huffington Post
"Butterfly Wings is therefore a novel of various tales of personal upheaval within the wider, more complex framework of national turmoil."--Malcolm Forbes, The National (UAE)