Revolutionary Reads For A North African Adventure Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep is on a journey from Carthage to Cairo. Here are two reading lists that will make his adventure a literary one.
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Revolutionary Reads For A North African Adventure

NPR Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep is taking a Revolutionary Road trip from Tunisia to Cairo to see how the countries that staged revolutions last year are remaking themselves.

We've asked two authors, Hosam Aboul-Ela and Lin Noueihed, to suggest some books that can illuminate the journey.

Revolutionary Reads For A North African Adventure

  • Hosam Aboul-Ela

    An Egyptian protester waves a flag in Cairo.
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    Though North Africa had its share of authoritarian rulers, its fiction has long revealed a vibrant society. Professor Hosam Aboul-Ela suggests three books that let you peek under the surface of life in the region.

  • Lin Noueihed

    A reconstruction of old columns at Carthage in Tunisia.
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    The Arab Spring caught many people by surprise — but that might not have been the case if you'd been reading literature from the region. Journalist Lin Noueihed recommends three books from Northern Africa.