A Novel that combines between fact and fiction to create exquisite artistic legend
It does not chronicling to the Jews of Alexandria, as much as creating an exquisite artistic legend. The novel is divided into three time phases revolve in Alexandria … first phase begins at the end of the year 1862, where the Governor Said Pasha was ill and reached to severe stage as his body emitting a foul odor, and nurses of public hospitals escape from treating his illness, Jews are trying to get more privileges from him before his death, so they send “John” the health’s barber to him, because he suffered from adenoids and can’t smell anything, after that Said awake – he granted to John a “country estate” at the region of El Tabia in Alexandria, after the governors dies, “John” went to his new land with the people of the Jewish quarter, “El Hadia” his wife kill him with the help of his cousin “Benjamin” and his wife “Malaz”. Then they buried him in the place where he died and build a mausoleum for him as a “pious man”, the Jews gather in the homestead of John, it became a Mouled, Jews attends to it from everywhere. The second phase begins by the end of 1942, where events spanning across the character of “Nazirah” daughter of “Malaz” from a sinful relationship with “Makhlouf” the painter. Whose became a grandmother for a little girl named “Gawhara”, supposedly she is the daughter of her son “Mounir” owner of workshop for bombs and rockets (it is evidenced thereafter that she is not his daughter, because of his work he was infected by impotence and his wife was pregnant of his friend Mazloum), after details and events pertaining to awe of Jews from the approaching of “Rommel” to Alexandria, the writer describes someone shows as “the brown – man”, he visited “Mounir” at his home, and told him that he is one of revolutionaries, he asked him to manufacturing hand grenades for the revolutionaries to use it against the British occupation and he offered him a substantial amount of money, he showed passion for the girl child “Gawhara”, where he teaches a lot of entertaining games, and gave her his watch as a gift, then he left suddenly, after leaving the house of “Mounir” explodes with its dynamite destroying the neighboring houses, and a significant number of Jews died, but “Gawhara” survives from death because she was not in her time of the explosion.The third phase begins after President Sadat’s rule in Egypt, whereas “Gawhara” saw his picture in Al-Ahram newspaper, she called Kamal to come over in his father’s apartment. She told him that Sadat is the brown – man who came to (homestead) Ezbet John at the time of World War II, and asked her father to manufacturing hand grenades for revolutionaries and hid in their home for several days, Kamal belittled by her words and warning her about repeating this words, but she ignored him and sent a letter to the President Sadat, asking him if he is the same person who visited them at Ezbet John (homestead) during the World War II, reminding him by herself and the watch that he gave her, then she forgot this matter, till she was surprised one morning - and all the homestead – the President Sadat’s visit to her home, as granted her a huge amount of money, to take a part for herself and distribute the rest to the people of homestead, but she covet the whole amount for herself, she’s trying to get “Kamal” back as she insanely loves him, when he refuses to leave his wife regardless of the reasons, Gawhara felt so angry and had the desire for vengeance.