During the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment (Opantish) deployed hundreds of volunteers to intervene in mass assaults against women protesters in Tahrir Square. Organized and led by women, volunteers fought their way into circles of men to pull the woman at the center to safety, often at great risk to themselves. A blend of narrative non-fiction, interviews, and memoir, Radius is both a document of this history and an attempt to connect it to other areas of social and political life and struggle.
“An essential record of modern Egyptian history … a testament to what women are capable of, to what can be achieved through passionate collective action”, New York Review of Books
El-Rifae will be in conversation with Isabella Hammad.
The Red Wheelbarrow bookstore will be present to sell copies of Yasmin El-Rifae’s Radius.
Yasmin El-Rifae is a writer and editor whose work has most recently appeared in The New York Times, Mada Masr, Granta, and Lux magazine. She is also a co-producer of the Palestine Festival of Literature. Radius is her first book.