POSTSCRIPT OF EGYPTIAN REVOLUTION: AN ANALYSIS OF PRODUCTION OF EGYPT AS A SPACE IN BASMA ABDEL AZIZI’S THE QUEUE (2016)
Basma Abdel Azizi’s dystopian novel The Queue (2016), originally Al-Tabuur, and translated into English by Elizabeth Jaquette in 2016 bring out the rather bitter aftermaths of the 21st century Egyptian revolution. The novel charts out the impact of the revolution on the life and conscience of a people who are ceaselessly negotiating violence, administrative anarchy and are being deprived of basic human rights. The novel is a symbolic portrayal of thwarted mass aspiration. As a portrayal of the aftermaths of a revolution, the novel is a provocative portrayal of the mired socio-political realities of the contemporary Egyptian society. The preoccupation of the paper is therefore to analyse the post 21st century revolution Egyptian society as portrayed in the novel. The paper approaches Egypt as a space which is physical but also emotional in its construct. Aziz, too in her novel approaches Egypt as a space which is produced by those who approach it. One the one hand, there are the revolutionaries and the common people, and on the other there are bureaucrats, politicians and various representatives of the failed postcolonial state. The paper is more concerned with Egypt as a space produced by the struggles and tears of the common people.