Aswany: Novelists 'defend human values'
Egypt is preparing to elect a new parliament in the first poll since the revolution in February this year.
The Egyptian writer Alaa Al Aswany fears the election could return supporters of the former regime back to power but he is prepared to return to Tahrir Square and protest again if the demands of the revolutionaries are not met.
The author of the internationally successful novel The Yacoubian Building tells Razia Iqbal that being a novelist means always being on the side of the people.
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18 Nov 2011