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The Republic of False Truths, 2018

The Automobile Club of Egypt, 2013

Chicago, 2007

The Yacoubian Building, 2002

Essam Abd al-Aatty Papers, 1990

Short Story Collections

Friendly Fire (novella and short story collection), 2004 and 2008

Awaiting the Leader, 1998

He Who Approached and Saw, 1990


The Dictatorship Syndrome, 2019

Compendium of Articles

Who Dares to Speak, 2016

Democracy Is the Answer (English), 2015

Dictatorship and Religious Extremism (French), 2014

How Do We Create the Dictator?, 2013

Did the Egyptian Revolution Err?, 2012

On the State of Egypt, 2011

Egypt on the Substitute Bench, 2010

Why Don’t Egyptians Revolt?, 2010

Do We Deserve Democracy?, 2010

Literary Awards

La Legion D’Honneur as the Chevalier De L’Art Et Des Lettres, France, 2016

Johann Philipp Palm Award, Germany, 2012

Tiziano Terzani Award, Odeon, Italy, May 2011

Majidi bin Zahir Arab Literature Award, Montreal, Canada, 2011

Achievement Award from the University of Illinois, October 2010 (Alaa Al Aswany completed his master’s degree at the University of Illinois)

Bruno Kreisky literary Award, Austria, 2008 (awarded by Austria’s prime minister)

Friedrich Rukert Literary Award, 2008 (Alaa Al Aswany was the first recipient of the award)

Mediterranean Culture Award, Naples, Italy, 2007

Grinzani Cavour Award, Turin, Italy, 2007 (the most prestigious Italian award for translated literature)

Grand Prix of the Novel, Toulon France Festival, 2006

Bashrahil Award for Arabic Fiction, 2005

Cavafy Award for Literary Talent, Greece, 2005


Alaa Al Aswany’s literary works have been translated into 37 foreign languages. They include Armenian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Castilian, Chinese, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Greek, Hebrew, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish.

He was chosen by The Times (UK) as one of the most important novelists in the world in the last fifty years.

His name and literary works were added to the famous French encyclopedia Le Petit Larousse.

He has given talks and lectures at universities around the world, including at Princeton University, University of Oxford, Dartmouth College, and New York University.

He was a visiting professor at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, spring 2019.

He was a distinguished writer in residence and visiting professor of literature, Bard College, Annandale-On-Hudson, New York, spring 2017.

He was chosen as honorary president of the Blois Festival, one of the largest literary festivals in France, 2015.

The Christian Science Monitor chose The Automobile Club of Egypt third in a list of the best ten novels in the United States, 2015.

The Journal of American Publishers chose The Automobile Club of Egypt as the novel of the week, 2015.

He was chosen as guest of honor in Le Marathon des mots, France’s largest international literary festival in Toulouse in 2009 and 2012, where international actor Omar Sharif and French actress Ariane Escarad read excerpts in French from his literary works.

Foreign Policy magazine ranked him in first place on a list of the 100 most influential thinkers in the world, 2011.

The renowned French director John Louis Martinelli presented a play based on his novel Chicago. The play opened on September 2011 in Paris’s Les Amandiers Theater.

He was chosen at the international book fair in Paris as one of the 30 most important non-French writers in the world, March 2010.

In May 2009 his short stories were published in the literary supplement of the Sunday Times.

The Yacoubian Building celebrated its millionth copy sold in non-Arabic languages, 2007.

Al Aswany was chosen as the most prominent figure in the Arab world by an Al Arabiya news channel poll, 2007.

The French literary magazine Lire chose the novel The Yacoubian Building as sixth in a ranking top 20 non-French books in 2006.

Newsday chose the The Yacoubian Building as the best translated novel in the United States, 2006.

The Yacoubian Building was made into a major motion picture, 2006.


Published articles, short stories, and serialized novels in most Egyptian literary periodicals.


Wrote a weekly literary critique entitled “Parenthetically” in the Egyptian newspaper al-Sha‘ab, later becoming responsible for the culture page.


Wrote a monthly political article in the Egyptian newspaper al-Arabi al-Nasiri.


Wrote a weekly article in the Egyptian newspaper al-Dustur.


Wrote a weekly article in the Egyptian newspaper al-Shuruk.


Wrote a weekly article in al-Masry al-Youm until 2014 when he was banned by the Egyptian military regime.


Many of his articles were translated and republished in major international newspapers, such as Le Monde, El País, The Guardian, The Independent, among others.


Wrote articles in international newspapers such as La Repubblica, Financial Times, and L'Observateur.


Wrote a monthly column in The New York Times.


Currently writing a weekly article for Deutsche Welle Arabic news website. Articles are translated into German and English.


Organized weekly salons since 1998 to present the works of young writers and discuss literature, culture, and politics in Egypt. This salon played a role in intellectually preparing for Egypt’s revolution.

Languages Spoken

English, French, Spanish, and Arabic.


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