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The Return of Consciousness
The Return of Consciousness
By Tawfiq al-Hakim
New York University Press, 1985, 89 pp

The author is a prominent Egyptian literary figure who welcomed the revolution of 1952, was honored by the Nasser regime, but in time turned against it because of its failures, deceptions and denial of freedom. This severe critique, first published in Beirut after Nasser's death, caused sharp controversy in Egypt (some of it reprinted here at the end of the book) and remains of interest because of Nasser's role and reputation as charismatic hero and the mythology which still envelops his era.