This unique introduction to the techniques and history of painting takes the young reader through more than 15,000 years of art, from cave painters to Picasso. Explore the Mona Lisa’s smile, Titian’s noises, Duccio’s artistic omelet, a Jackson Pollock splash, a king’s portrait, an entire battle, saints and sinners, knights and peasants, motorcars and animals; and paintings on every conceivable surface — walls, wood panels, cloth, glass, metal, bark, and leather.
This book portrays the life of a young Egyptian woman who dreams of having a luxurious and lavish lifestyle and fantasizes about having loads of money and getting married into wealth.
Thus, she breaks up with her middle class fiancé, after he showed discontent with her personal successes, and decides to embark on a journey to her brother in the United States, where he lives with his family.
Troubles present themselves, as soon as she lands in the airport in New York, and no one sorts them out for her, except her brother’s boss, “Nabil Nassar” – a business man -, who happened to be in the airport on that day.
She then starts setting out on her plan to trap him into marrying her after having witnessed the extent of his authority and fortune. The events escalate excitingly leading to an unpredictable finale.
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?!”
“Mandan” is part II of “Agwan”, the winner of Etisalat Award for Best Book for Young Adults in 2013.
When Agwan failed to find her son who was kidnapped before delivery, she named him Mandan, after her father, hoping that this great name would help bring her son back. As she was struggling to maintain her status in her military unit, Splendour planet gets hit by a strong destructive storm; where by Al-Tarek rules over the state of Syghofya without acompetitor.
The novel revolves around “Asmaa”, a widowed peasant woman, who refuses to surrender to her harsh reality … and desires to provide her children with the best opportunities possible; she spares no efforts in making her dreams come true … the brilliant engineer, “Hazem”, who represents knowledge and power … and the sea captain who embodies fortune and status and writes stories and poems as if he weaves history from cobweb.
The novel will indeed confuse you, you will wonder if it is about the struggle of classes, the struggle of life, or the hope that evades us each time we approach it, turning into thin vapor beyond our reach, or the secrets that haunts the underworld of graves, or the book of dead in which we inscribe our fates, or is it the submission to little things that lead us to marvelous destinations? Indeed it is a perplexing read.
The summer has started, and the beach is ready and yearns for the laughter of its friends, the children. The small wave, the sand, the seagull bird and the fish searched for their friend Marwa, whom they meet at the same time every year. The wind flew all over searching for her; it found her sitting at the beach with her eyes glued to the cellphone in her hands, her fingers hovering on its buttons, and her ears, deaf to the squeaks of the seagull, fully immersed in its recorded tunes.
A collection of stories whose themes are simple, creative and spontaneous.
Throughout “Moments” the author attempts to present an array of moments that each human, man or woman, is destined to witness.
From the moment of birth to that of death a full live is experienced; and what is life but a group of moments related to specific incidents?
The author displays moments that could be mild or intense, but definitely with an everlasting impact on one’s psychological and societal being and an everlasting effect on the present and the future.
The great Egyptian archaeologist, Zahi Hawass, takes us in a tour through memories. The journey does not stop at a specific age, or a particular monument; rather it roams through Pharaonic, Islamic, Christian, Byzantine monuments, among other civilizations. It visits several places, capitals and Arab countries (including Jerusalem and Iraq). You will simply be amazed; you will get to learn a number of secrets and facts the author discloses for the first time.
The book presents a number of female icons that had a substantial share of motherhood for the noble Prophet, peace be upon him, in a direct or an indirect manner. He depicts the life of six main figures, namely: Amena bint Wahb, Barakaum Ayman, Halima Al-SaÕdeyya and her daughter Shaymaa, Al Shefaa um Abdul Rahman ibn Awf and Thawbeyya, highlighting the role of each in the life of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him.