First Italian translation of the writings of the blogger and activist Alaa Abd el-Fattah, one of the protagonists of the 2011 Tahrir Square revolution. The book comes out thanks to an international network of editors and journalists, to the author's family, to Amnesty International that for years follows the case of the writer still in prison, to ARCI and to the collaboration with the Fitzcarraldo publishing house in London that will concomitantly publish in the English translation. A volume capable of portraying the dramatic situation of Egypt in whose prisons it is estimated that over 60,000 political and prisoners of conscience are detained, subjected to torture, capital executions, unfair trial and long periods of preventive detention, in a clear violation of human and civil rights.
Alaa Abd el-Fattah, born in 1981 in Cairo, entered prison for the first time at the age of 25, in 2006. Egyptian authorities arrested him during a peaceful demonstration in Cairo. Having become the symbolic figure of Egyptian dissidence, he has spent the last six years always inside a cell, also deprived of books and writing paper. He is considered by Amnesty International to be a 'prisoner of conscience', the best known of the tens of thousands of political prisoners in Egyptian prisons. Son of the most important Egyptian family of activists and defenders of human and civil rights, Alaa embodies an entire generation of young Egyptians who put their lives and their intelligence at the service of the right to dignity, individual and collective.