You Have Not Yet Been Defeated: Selected Works 2011-2021

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About the Author

Alaa Abd el-Fattah is an Egyptian writer, technologist and political activist. He has been prosecuted or arrested by every Egyptian regime to rule in his lifetime and has been held in prison for all but a few months since the coup d'état of 2013. Collected here by his family and friends, for the first time in English, are a selection of his speeches, interviews, social media posts and essays since the outbreak of revolution in January 2011--many written from inside prison.


Don't read this book to be comforted. Read it to be challenged, terrified, enlightened, moved, and amazed.
-- Kamila Shamsie, author of Home Fire

Alaa is the bravest, most critical, most engaged citizen of us all. At a time when Egypt has been turned into a large prison, Alaa has managed to cling to his humanity and be the freest Egyptian.
-- Khaled Fahmy, author of All The Pasha's Men

Alaa is in prison not because he committed a crime, not because he said too much, but because his very existence poses a threat to the state. Those who are bold, those who do not relent, will always threaten the terrified and ultimately weak state which must, to survive, squash its opponents like flies. But Alaa will not allow himself to be crushed like that, I know.
-- Jillian C. York, director of International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation

Alaa is a philosopher of everyday life and lifelong struggle; he doesn't merely find meaning in that which we go through, especially in dark political moments, but creates meaning and gives it form in writing. And he does so from a highly entrenched and implicated place in the present. His thoughts know no frontiers; they pierce through local contexts to inspire new modes of thinking about the chaotic substance of politics.
-- Lina Attalah, editor in chief of Mada Masr

We should not read this book to make an exception of Alaa. At his best, he attempts to speak to, and to bring into existence, a movement bigger than himself.
-- Jacobin