From the communal highs of night battles against the police to the solitary lows of defeated exile, The City Always Wins is a novel from the front line of a revolution. Mariam and Khalil move through Cairo’s political underground, their lives burning with political purpose, their city alive in open revolt, their choices heavy with futures unknown. Their revolution will fail - but can one ever succeed?
Omar Robert Hamilton is an award-winning filmmaker and writer. He has written for the Guardian, the London Review of Books, Mada Masr and Guernica.
Max Strasser is a journalist and news editor who worked at Egypt Independent between 2009 and 2012 and is now an opinion editor at the New York Times.