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.
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.
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.
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?
Shadi, a graduate of the American University in Cairo is detached from his original values and works at the U.S. Embassy. His friend Emad who departs for a summer vacation with Mahmoud to Lebanon, after his father rejects his engagement to his girlfriend Nada. Nada, a romantic girl who is deeply in love with Emad, but is sexually harassed; instead of supporting her, Hossam – her brother – forces her to wear hijab, the Islamic head cover. Suddenly, the 2006 Lebanon war breaks out, forcing a different downturn of their destinies.
Public Authoring of Cultural Palaces Award – 2010
This collection of stories is classified among the magical realistic school of writing.
The author resorts to imagination and fantasia in depicting human experiences and feelings that are an integral part of the life of every human individual. When you read through these stories, you tend to feel indulged in your own share of feelings and memories. You consider the protagonists as your own friends and neighbors. You sense the heartbeats of your mother, your feelings towards your father and the playful attitude of your younger sister. On the whole, the book is inspiring to love the people and life, and regard those who surround us as unique human case and a blessing from God.
Concepts of democracy and human rights remain relative and unrealized, even at the heart of the Western world, which claims its loyalty to such concepts.
This is the central theme of “Heidelberg’s American Girl”, which describes how a platonic love story of a young Arab envoy in Germany and an American Girl comes to an end just because she is the daughter of a U.S. Army General, while he is an Arab.
Saleh Morsi, takes us on a sailing voyage between the unknown coasts of the human psyche, dives into its lanes to unveil its struggles. He yearns to discover the secrets of life and make sense of them; solely armed by the unwavering faith in Allah.
An adventure in the realms of the human self and the constant battles undertaken to know the truth, no matter how multi faced it might be.
Will the Sinbad of the land be able to reach his destination? What will he encounter in his journey?
In a deserted apartment in down town Cairo, some dilapidated papers were found in an envelope, elegantly written on it in French: “Life is not always rosy”.
Throughout these papers is the story of a poor little child who lived in Montmartre district in Paris, and later became one of the most famous artists in Paris and the richest ever. Her dream to travel to Egypt became a reality when she was selected among a convoy called by Khedive Ismail to take care of the beauty of his city to turn it into a replica of the French capital. The life story of this artist takes us in a journey through time introducing us to Cairo in the 19th century. It’s another Cairo other than the one we know nowadays- one that we never saw or heard about.
Angels who are infallible exist only in Heaven, but on earth, each one of us has his own book of sins, which he/she recites out of his/her own free will, profusely or out of ignorance, and walks his/her way towards it. The author highlights both elements of purity and sinfulness therein the characters, taking us on a journey into the inner life of each character, revealing unspoken words and shameful thoughts. The story’s events unfold to remove the veil over the reality and hidden sins of each character, subjecting it to the real test: “What will come after awareness? When is the time of purification?!”