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!
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
The mother tenderly wondered, trying to relieve her daughter of the daunting
burden, but Khadijah herself needed someone to relieve her. She looked at
her daughter in great sorrow; and it was as if she scratched a deep wound in
the bottom of her heart. She tried to conceal her grief, but couldnÕt stop her
flowing tears that gushed like a strong floodÉ The events of the story turn to a
magnificent interesting adventure that includes all the contradictions of life that
we have to live to appreciate the worth of life and be able to survive it.
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?!”