Using music as a thread that connects the past to the present, this novel explores what happens when traditional and cultural heritage clash with modernity. The characters face the impact of modernization on heritage and arts versus the need to protect and preserve their traditional culture and must choose between the pursuit of materialism versus spiritual balance. . Al Qarmalawi writes about a wide range of music from Sufism to the present era of electronic musical arts, and Summer Rains addresses the current Arab youth crisis, in which young people find themselves torn between fundamentalism and modernity. (An extended English-language report on this book will be available soon.)
Winner of the 2018 Sheikh Zayed Book Award for Young Author
Ahmad Al Qarmalawi was born in Cairo in 1978 and moved with his family to Kuwait in his early childhood, where he received his elementary and secondary education. He graduated from the International American School in 1996, then moved back to Egypt to study Architecture at the American University in Cairo, and later continued his post-graduate studies in University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Al Qarmalawi has been active in creative writing since 2012, when he published his first work, a collection of short stories called The First of Abbas. He followed it with his first novel, The Last Post, which was published in 2014 by Al Dar Al Masriah Al Lubnaniah. Al Qarmalawi published two more novels to date: Destiny (2015) and Summer Rains (2017), which won the Sheikh Zayed Book Award. Besides writing, he is an avid painter and a musician. He is married and has three sons.