Originally published on Tue January 13, 2015 8:49 am
An Egyptian court has thrown out the final conviction against the country's former dictator Hosni Mubarak. The court said that proper legal procedure was not followed in the embezzlement case against Mubarak, so he should be retried.
But, as The New York Times reads the decision, this might mean that Mubarak could be freed in short order, because he has already served "more than the three-year sentence for corruption that was overturned on Tuesday."
Rachel Cusk is better known in England than in America; her sharply satirical books about the tolls of family life play better across the Atlantic than here in our often puritanical culture, with its bias towards domesticity. In her controversially bitter memoirs, including A Life's Work and Aftermath, and in piercing — but always beautifully written — novels like The Lucky Ones, Cusk has examined the difficulties of self-definition in the context of marriage, motherhood and family.