Her hair broke loose and flew around her rosy face as if it were strands of gold; indeed she looked stunning. Ellen danced so skillfully to the extent that made every other dancer on the dance floor stop.
In her sheer state of ecstasy, a Caucasian piece of music played and suddenly she danced violently as Russians do in these traditional dances.A couple of days later, she received a very concise telegram that read “Get rid of it all, before four weeks!’ So, one of the worldÕs most significant spies wiped away all her traces and disappeared into thin air, leaving everyone behind her to wonder if she ever existed!
In this collection of short stories, the author amazes us with an exemplary mix between reality and fantasy, using his poetic style and imagery, coupled with the traditional Arab storytelling, to express his ideas and portray his characters. From an old man who dies several times in various parts of the world, when his only dream is to die in his homeland, to a photographer who has only one eye that cannot see, to a ghost who turned into a secret keeper of his ex-mistress, to people who were killed during their sleep and a person who narrates the story of his entire life in a manuscript before living it!
Amazing, fresh images and ideas, where the author adds a sense of concrete daily life to legendary characters.
Through a set of archeological journeys, the author pursues his passion of the civilization of the Pharaohs and their awe-inspiring antiquities- in addition to their great impact on humanity and generations that followed. Dr. Zahi Hawass explores the notion of the Pharaonic curse and its authenticity, as well as the Pharaonic journeys. He describes their mummies and the secret of red mercury, the effects of their meetings with the key figures of their age, the tales of the Sphinx, the children of Israel in Egypt and several Pharaonic adventures in the Valley of Kings. It is an endeavor to highlight the Pharaonic value and the role the Pharaohs played in developing life.
Her memories took her back in time when she first met that brilliant Egyptian engineer whom the institution stuck a deal with to come to Baghdad in the mid-nineties. In spite of the difficult living conditions of the occupation, his lucrative monthly salary endowed him with a luxurious life that attracted the attention of everybody. Work brought them together as she was his assistant.
They exchanged smiles of admiration and then he flirted using the best words he knows, thinking that she was Christian.
A mixture of fiction and real life stories. You cannot trace which events happen in real life and which is the creation of the author. The author advises the reader not to think much about that. What I sought to present in this last book of mine is to invite you to read it more than once. The material of this book was prepared for this purpose; to be read several times, at least three times. Once, for the reader to get to know the story of the protagonist with his mentor which comprises theories of management as well as Sufi and Philosophic values. The second time is for the reader to focus mainly on the Six Main Fundamentals of “Thinking out of the Box”, to memorize them and reflect on them.
As for the third time, it’s for the reader to recall, as he/she reads through the book, a real life problem and try to come up with solutions for it by thinking out of the box. It’s a mean to make life easier for people and a tool aiding them to tread the right path. I invite you in the end to elevate your thinking beyond all obstacles’.
You will be bewildered while reading this novel. Is it a product of the authorÕs
imagination, or a vision that mixed the bitter reality with imagination in an attempt
to explore whatÕs beyond the scope of events? In all cases, as you move between
the novelÕs pages, you will get to learn that our imagination, many times, fails
to keep track of our present reality, which we see as a riddle thatÕs difficult to
decipher or understand.
We may not find a clear explanation or reasoning to our actions. Sometimes we
even feel that what we do is futile. However, whatever we do is usually tied to a
past that we have lived through, a present that we seek to change and a future that
we know very little about.
“We’re living in a state of absolute confusion that’s capable of wreaking havoc of man and everything else; the good and the bad, the virtuous and the wrongdoer alike. Rifts and conflicts do not impact only the wrongdoers, but rather everybody suffers their flames.
In the age of loss, speakers become plenty, as well as analysts. Also, ideas mix and opinions conflict at times and meet at others- yet the solution remains hanging; same way implementation remains absent and far fetched in most cases. As an Egyptian sensing and living the pains of this country, I could strongly feel and comprehend the right Egypt has over me and the responsibility befalling me as a writer. So, I decided to collect all the fragments and gather all the threads of confusion. Here, inspired by my long journey through the history of this country, its characteristics and the approach it adopted in difficulties, plights and challenges, I attempt to fully depict the current situation in Egypt, suggesting a way out of this dilemma”.
In a quite complicated and unique world, one that involves only those of shrewd abilities, trained intelligent mentalities and iron will, the world of intelligence, is a realm that captured the interest, amazement and anticipation of the author for a long time, in a way that compelled him to venture into the thrilling world of intelligence literature in a controversial and simply amazing way. Did this truly happen? One would ask. How close could the author get to those restricted areas relating to the nation’s security? Especially that this specific novel tells the story of an Egyptian lady who was employed by the Israeli intelligence during the 1968-69 war. What could have happened between the two countries’ intelligence systems; a world in which every move, word and blink of an eye is tactfully planned for?
‘The Muslim Brotherhood” group has long bragged about struggling against the U.S, repeating slogans that encourage people and nations to boycott it on the pretext of protecting the Arab countries and protecting Islam. They went even further, and accused the Arab governments that have a form of relationship with America of treason. However, as soon as they gained power over Egypt and rose to presidency, their hidden secret began to unfold, uncovering their true reality and proving that all that they’ve been claiming was nothing but sheer lies and heresy to consume the media. In fact the MB group has long maintained strong ties with the U.S. Their relationship involves long years during which they planned many of the incidents Egypt went through, ever since the assassination attempt that targeted the late Egyptian President Gamal Abdul Nasser in Al-Mansheya Square in 1954, up till Mohamed Mursi’s presidency.
The author here presents the communication that took place between the MB group and the White House over the years, supporting his material with documents depicting that.