The Stillborn

Notebooks of a Woman from the Student-Movement Generation in Egypt

Arwa Salih

The Stillborn

Arwa Salih

Distributed for Seagull Books

Translated by Samah Selim
168 pages | 5 x 8
Cloth $25.00 ISBN: 9780857424839 Published April 2018 World sales rights except India
Arwa Salih was a member of the political bureau of the Egyptian Communist Workers Party, which was founded in the wake of the Arab–Israeli War and the Egyptian student movement of the early 1970s. Written more than a decade after Salih quit the party and left political life—and published shortly after she committed suicide—the book offers a poignant look at, and reckoning with, the Marxism of her generation and the role of militant intellectuals in the tragic failure of both the national liberation project and the communist project in Egypt. The powerful critique in The Stillborn speaks not only to and about Salih’s own generation of left activists but also to broader, still salient dilemmas of revolutionary politics throughout the developing world in the postcolonial era.
 
Contents
Translator’s Introduction
An Unavoidable Preface on Militant Kitsch
Introduction
 
Chapter One
The Intellectual as Pessimist
 
Chapter Two
The Afterlives of the Student-Movement Generation
 
Chapter Three
The Intellectual in Love
 
Appendix
Personal Documents
 
Postscript
Violets Are Blue
 
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