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- Maybe not a hydra because that’s really, really nasty. I think there was almost a false head: we ripped open the packaging and now we’re faced with the real thing that’s there in the box…
- On the state of Egypt after the ousting of Mubarak in “INTERVIEW WITH AHDAF SOUEIF” in The White Review (March 2012)
- …A work of fiction lives by empathy – the extending of my self into another's, the willingness to imagine myself in someone else's shoes. This itself is a political act: empathy is at the heart of much revolutionary action…
- On how fiction should be empathetic in “Ahdaf Soueif: In times of crisis, fiction has to take a back seat” in The Guardian (2012 Aug 17)
- …In Egypt, in the decade of slow, simmering discontent before the revolution, novelists produced texts of critique, of dystopia, of nightmare. Now, we all seem to have given up – for the moment – on fiction.
- On political upheaval is affecting fictional works in “Ahdaf Soueif: In times of crisis, fiction has to take a back seat” in The Guardian (2012 Aug 17)
- …Most people are content to live their lives within prescribed and personal boundaries. But one of the points of artists surely is that they live outside their skin. That they're connected. That they hurt with the hurt of their fellow humans. How, then, can they disengage? How can you – if your task, if your gift, is narrative – absent yourself from the great narrative of the world?...
- On the question of what an artist is responsible for in “Ahdaf Soueif: In times of crisis, fiction has to take a back seat” in The Guardian (2012 Aug 17)