Basma Abdel Aziz

Basma Abdel Aziz is an award-winning writer, sculptor, and psychiatrist. A long-standing vocal critic of government oppression in Egypt, she is the author of several works of nonfiction. In 2016 she was named one of Foreign Policy’s Leading Global Thinkers for her debut novel, The Queue. She lives in Cairo.

  • Man in a suit with his arms crossed. Photo: YSBRANDCOSIJN / 123rf stock photo
    Photo: YSBRANDCOSIJN / 123rf stock photo Who needs confusing laws and bothersome committees when you have an autocrat writing principles for every aspect of your life?  He was not tall or br...
  • The cover to The Queue by Basma Abdel Aziz
    Brooklyn. Melville House. 2016. 217 pages. Building on an Egyptian literary dystopic tradition, Basma Abdel Aziz transforms queuing into a metaphor for the pervasive institutional and moral c...

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