• Fiction
      January 2016

      Jews of Alexandria

      A Novel that combines between fact and fiction to create exquisite artistic legend

      by Moustafa Nasr

      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.

    • Fiction
      January 2018

      Once Upon a Time in Berlin

      by Hisham Kheshen

      A priceless Stradivarius survives and re-emerges after the Second World War. Unlike the Stradivarius strings that run in parallel, the lives of the unique violin's owners are intertwined and entangled. Covering many decades from the rise of National Socialism until the nineties of last century and moving between three continents and numerous countries, the novel follows the lives of two families separated by ideologies and politics and connected through blood and the changing ownership of the prized instrument. The various characters, heroines and villains, ebb and flow against the backdrop of changing politics and developing ideologies. Tragedies and blessings alike touch the lives of all of them and fortunes keep turning, engulfing you in their fates.5 women lives are entangled in this story that has the reader traveled from, to & through Berlin passing by Italy, Switzerland, Chile & Egypt. Their journey recounted through their voices spans from Nazi Germany through the fall of the Berlin Wall.The prelude to the novel states that: “If one listens closely one will hear from afar the screams of the innocent victims throughout history lamenting & groaning about the malfeasance of their fellow humans who committed their atrocities under the premise of necessity … Those howls will trouble one for a while until they fade away while our memories transform their victims into serial numbers in the history notebook”And it is those five women who represent the common humans or rather the pawns on the global chessboard who are but victims in humanity’s time blog.

    • Fiction
      January 2018

      City of infinite walls

      short stories

      by Tareq Imam

      Tareq Imam’s “City of infinite walls” takes us back to the glory of the fairy tale the roots of Arabic tales go back to medieval times. They were orally disseminated for centuries everywhere in the world and inspired countless works in every literature known. Mesopotamian, Persian, Egyptian and Indian influence could be easily traced. The myth and lore in the tales about goblins, genies, trolls, gnomes, talking creatures, elfs, heroic characters used to be the magical ingredients that continue to add enchantment to the narratives; charm and delight readers. These tales were first introduced in the Syrian manuscripts in the fourteenth century. Notably, Arabic literature seems to witness some sort of renaissance of interest in fairy tale in recent decades. The trend is not least among fiction writers. The Egyptian novelist Tareq Imam’s new book “City of infinite walls” brings back the glory of the fairy tale. It is considered as a revolutionary move in his career as a fiction writer. He spent a whole decade weaving the thirty six tales contained in the book, from 2007 till 2017. In “City of Infinite Walls”, the mood and tone of the tales is shaped by its setting, no specific time set whereas the place is a weird city where walls outnumber its streets. All the tales, as Imam confirmed, are connected to this one single setting. There are preternatural and eerie characters like freebooter woman, cobbler, talking shoe and the man who had never dreamed. The book creates a world where humans, birds, animals, demons and angels coexist. Arabian Nights stand as the masterpiece ever narrated. We all know that Decameron’s Boccaccio and Chaucer’s Canterbury tales were inspired by the Arabian Nights. The literary technique used in the nights is frame narrative where a story is framed by another story to create a story within story often through what is called separate scene storytelling. The philosophy of the fairy tale here lies, according to Tareq, in its potentiality to express human beings at any time through fantasy. The form used echoes sort of search for something in the heart of the narrative, something deeper and hidden in the human soul.Imam said: “I exerted a hell of effort and time to write this book. I built it as a huge narrative, not a collage of tales. That’s why I dropped lots of tales to focus on the thirty six pieces I selected for the book as to structure a narrative sphere thematically connected, though every tale could be read separately.” Excerpt from the bookStory of the old man who recalls the future “Real memory enables us to remember what we are yet to experience.”The old man used to tell the kids, as they have a long future ahead; memorable. Aged people like him own nothing but their past. To him, the past was something unknown to the memory, being nonexistent hitherto.«Whatever we think hasn›t come about occurred, in a day yet to come. Failing to recall, it would fade. We would be devoid of experiences enabling us to face up to the past when it shows up.»Thus the old man who remembers the future creates the first generation in the city able to recall the goings-on of its future on the button. They mourned calling to mind the deaths of beloved ladies that took place after years, fathers, mothers and friends who passed away in a few following months. Lucky ones own fragile memory, frail to recall something happened to them, just, after a few days.He had a special gait. He used to walk backwards, reversely. As if, contrary to all humans, he came into being at the moment of his death. So, he had never seen the world moving forward. He was advancing opposite the direction of the world. His dream was to create a generation like himself but walks like people.They were dying; he didn›t. He remained as such, held in abeyance, in silent eternity, training generation after generation on recollection, thinking of his death he anticipated, at any moment of his past.

    • Fiction
      January 2016

      Three Ladies in Cairo

      by Ann Edelstam

      Three Ladies in Cairo takes the reader through an original and very personal story of three generations of Swedish women through which the evolution and the transformation of Egypt during three vital decades is apparent. The bookunfolds through three intertwined destinies of three ladies the grandmother whose husband worked asjudge at the Mixed Courts, the daughter who was married to the Swedish Ambassador to Egypt and, finally, the granddaughter who was educated in Cairo and is the author of this work.Through those three ladies, crucial stages in contemporaryEgyptian history is reflected and three contrasting snapshots of this country ‘in movement’ areshown. The grandmother Hilda reflects the colonial Egypt when people were still searching for their independence. At this time, Cairo was a refined and cosmopolitan city, where, despite its two million inhabitants, it remained a charmingplace to live in. The mother Ingrid who grew up amongst Cairo’s magnificent Europeanmansions, gives an inside view of the political revolution that transformed Egyptfrom a monarchy into an authoritarian socialist state. Finally, the author, Anne, describes thedemographic revolution that gradually turned Cairo into today’s sprawling mega-poleof 20 million inhabitants who suffer from noise and misery.The originality of this book lies not only in its fragmented vision of Egyptian history, but also in the stark contrast between the harsh reality of today that the author discovers after years of absence, and the magical memories of the past that was transmitted toher from the previous generations of her family. She gives us a documented andmoving testimony that allows us to share the passion that these three generations of Swedish women have held to Egypt.

    • Fiction
      January 2015

      Al Azbakia 

      Winner of Katara Prize For Arabic Novel 2016

      by Nasr Iraq

      In Al-Azbakia, Nasser Iraq endeavors to draw on the past, specifically the time when Muhammad Ali Pasha ruled Egypt, in an attempt to make sense of the present. His purpose is to shed light on some of today’s details that many fail to recognize as nothing more than a glimpse, or in one way or another a continuation, of the past.The novel gives a realistic aura to historical moments that makes them more glorious and lively; a rhythm that brings them from the past to our present without losing their freshness or making them less surprising. The novel captures such realistic moments so vividly that they touch your soul and enter your heart. You feel them so that you begin to think that you went into a trance, travelling times and distances to live within the world depicted by the story. You start to live with its heroes, sharing their happy and sad moments and dreams and nightmares. There, between the lines and sentences, you meet with some well-known names, like Muhammad Ali Pasha, Abdulrahman Al Jabarti and Napoleon Bonaparte, and some others, like Ayoub, Shaldam, Khawaja (a colloquial form of address for a foreigner) Sharl and Mese’ada Hijab, that you will never meet except in this novel. The writer does a good job of picking up his characters and sketching them. The historical facts do not prevent him from creating fictional characters to whom he quickly gives flesh, blood and ideas. Events gets intertwined, and characters interact lively to create a world of dynamic events and people breathing life between facts supported by history and fiction to which the writer gives a realistic touch as it becomes an imaginary reality.

    • Fiction
      January 2008

      Chanting of A Swan

      Arabic Booker Shortlist & State Incentive Award

      by Mekawi Saeed

      The best description of “Taghreeda El-Bagaa (Chanting of A Swan)” novel for the writer Mekawi Saeed is that it is an award-winning novel; as the it won the State Incentive Award and reached the short list of the “Arab Booker” 2008.The novel addresses the political and social circumstances and developments witnessed by Egypt in the recent years prior to 2011 revolution. This is tackled through “Mostafa”, an editor and poet living in downtown, close to different social categories such as downtown intellectuals, foreigners, street children who suffer from their dislodgment and allure to provide their means of subsistence in any way; accordingly, they return the society insults with extreme violence, rebellion and cruelty. The novel includes many personalities which have intersecting life circumstances. Essam, the fine artist, Mostafa’s friend, loses his “Singaporean” beloved, Samantha, and he tries to fall on his feet by following the Sufi groups; accordingly, the novelist likens him to a swan, saying (I was seeing him like a swan in its last days when it was waiting death and heads to the ocean beach, dancing its last dance and enchants its only sad chanting and then dies). As for the “hero” “Mostafa”, he is always haunted by the memory of the death of his beloved “Hend”, who died after her injury with a gun “shell” kept in a museum as a memory of 1973 war. The novelist, in his presentation of the interference of the Wahabi thought in the Egyptian life, introduces the character of Ahmed El-Helw, who was in his youth a leader of the leftist movement during university, then he traveled to Saudi Arabia, and became extremist. Through joining opposition demonstrations in downtown, Mostafa tries to rise his voice against striking children with bombs in Lebanon and against burning intellectuals in Beni Suef. His American friend “Marcha” shared his company. She wanders in downtime holding her camera to shoot a documentary film on street children phenomena, taking her innocent project as a camouflage of her real objective, which is tarnishing Egypt reputation, according to the novelist’s statement! The novel is eventful and presents many cases. Therefore, it was greatly hailed by critics.

    • Fiction
      January 2016

      One Ticket to Cairo

      by Achraf El Achmawi

      This novel focuses on the problem of one of the minority groups in Egypt who are the Nubians, one of the oldest civilizations in the world who lived alongside the Nile River between Egypt and Sudan. Through the hero of this novel “Aguiba”, who is a Nubian Muslim born during the 1940’s, the reader lives the life of those minorities. Augiba is like all Nubians was forced to migrate from his homeland to avoid drowning after the Egyptian government decided to build Aswan Reservoir. He loses his wife and son during this process and hisdesperate quest becomes finding whetherthey are alive or not. Aguiba’s life is full of unusual events and his search for his family takes him from Cairo to Alexandria to Switzerland. In each place, he encounters different people and his identity changes so he becomes a Sudanese Christian in Alexandria, and in Switzerland he is a Swiss Jewish who works in currency smuggling. Aguiba’s quest makes him encounter Patricia who claims that she loves him and then he discovers that she is using him. The same thing happens with Badr, whom he thought was his friend and turns to be an opportunist whowants to put his hands on the land that Aguiba has inherited in Nuba. When Aguiba discovers that he was deceived by those close people, he decides to change all his plans, ignoring that he has bought a one-way ticket to Cairo.

    • Fiction
      January 2013

      After Coffee

      Sheikh Zayed Literature  Award 2014

      by Abdel Rasheed Mahmoudi

      “Al- Mahmoudi” is the only Egyptian that won one of Sheikh Zayed Book Awards for 2014, that include 8 categories, for which tens of writers across the Arab world compete.The novel addresses the social texture, the topographic nature, and the anthropological features of the Egyptian village in 1940s. It’s inspired by the classical and original international narrative conventions. It is an incarnation of smartness of narration, smooth sequence of events, and accuracy of portraying characters from childhood until elderliness. In addition, this novel is distinguished by an accurate depiction of the narrative world, drawing spaces, analyzing characters in their transitions between hope and disappointment, and combination of reality and legend in one frame.”In (After Coffee)”novel, there is a long epic style, through a journey extended for four consecutive decades. It displays the life of its expatriate hero, who was born in one of North Egypt villages, and had his early education in Ismailia, one of the canal cities. Then, he moved to Europe in a long diplomatic business trip in the city of classical music and world symphonies, Austria, the native country of Beethoven and Mozart.The writer was outstanding in playing on the relationship that ties the hero to his fevered and great fondness of music, the matter that will get the events develop in line with the interest in food, methods of cooking, and its different ways, as being one of the manifestations of cultural and anthropological diversity among populations. The writer did so in such a manner that presents the idea of intertextuality with another well-known novel for the Mexican experienced novelist “Laura Esquivel” in her marvelous novel “Boiling”, whose chapters are based on recipes and their ingredients. The novel (with its epic style and attribute) is derived also from the folklore and Arabic and world legendary heritage, in such a manner that invokes the great recitals and immortal legends that created the sentiment of mankind and that have an everlasting role of forming the creative and artistic consciousness of man all over ages. The writer implied in his novel hints that Youssef story refers to many things, that will take every ounce of your concentration when you discover the startling surprises that are always derived from multiple cultural resources. Youssef Story- in addition to the Egyptian folklore- includes explicit or implicit references to the three heavenly books, the Greek legends, especially what was mentioned in the Illiad and Odyssey works by Homer, in particular the story of the loss of Odysseys during his journey back home after his war on Troy, and a number of immortal world novels such as “TheBrothers Karamazov” by Dostoevsky and”Faust” by Thomas Mann.

    • Fiction
      January 2014

      The Barman

      Best Novel Cairo Book Fair Award 2014

      by Achraf El Achmawi

      The events of “The Barman” novel took place in September 2005, when President Hosni Mubarak declared his candidacy for the presidential elections. Afterwards, he became the first elected president, as it was announced then. The novel moots the ideas of ​​illusion, false feelings and fake ecstasy that inevitably manifest in the relationship between rulers and their subjects, or even between ordinary people in their human relationships. In this novel, the hero works as a barman at a well-known pub in the well-off area of Zamalek located in the heart of Cairo, while residing in Sayyida Zeinab, a poor area that is a as much known as Zamalek. He was Christian, and then proclaimed his conversion to Islam in his residential area only for the sake of marrying the woman he loves. He lived with her and got a child. He had partnership with her in a veiled women clothing shop that he funded from the income he earned from the bar. However, his daughter “Maryam”, a graduate of the faculty of Pharmacy, remained Christian. She lived with her father and his new wife; disguising her actual religion as her stepmother became religiously rigid and increasingly insisted that Maryam had to be veiled. Maryam came to get acquaintance with the son of a partner of her father and stepmother in that business. His name was Abdul Wahab; a young man who was her colleague in the faculty of Pharmacy. They fell in love with each other and agreed to marry and then to immigrate to Canada. Meanwhile, he did not know she was really Christian. The events reveal that Abdul Wahab suffers from a complex because of his father who deems him not amounting to something. Accordingly, Abdul Wahab was swaying from one side to another; sometimes he was introvert, or became immersed in reading philosophy and other times he composed some poetic verses only to express his love to Maryam. Finally, he turned to attend religious classes regularly; that led him to tucking up his clothes over the ankles, letting his beard grow carelessly and adopting rigid beliefs, including judging Christians as unbelievers. He was too enmeshed in his extremism and carelessness to Maryam, who was doing her best to please him, but all was in vain. He insisted that she had to wear the veil, and she accepted just to please him temporarily until they might stay out of their trouble. Her rigid stepmother was so happy for wearing veil, and tried to find a bridegroom for her from her neighbors. Her father, the barman, was so helpless and did nothing but advising her to have patience, until she became at the end of her tether, believing that patience was just a myth invented by man to prevent others from living peacefully.Her dispute with Abdul Wahab became too aggravated, as he unexpectedly told her that her father was unbeliever because he was working as a barman. Then, the balloon went up as he asked her to put on a full-face veil so that he might marry her and then they could travel to Yemen to live together in camps of an Islamic jihadist militia. Hence, she flew into a fit of rage and threw a heavy extinguisher at his head. She wiped her hand in his shed blood, drawing a cross with his blood in air and on walls of shops. Finally, she wandered aimlessly in streets until she completely lost her mind.

    • Fiction
      January 2011

      Wings of the Butterfly

      by Mohamed Salmawy

      The novel relates the story of a number of characters seemingly unconnected to one another, who are all seeking self-realization, each in his own way. The country is in turmoil. Demonstrations erupt here and there and roads are blocked by anti-riot police. Dohha is a costume designer, but is unable to fulfill her dreams. Her designs always fall short of her expectations. Married to a leading member of the authoritarian ruling party she has come to hate her husband, shun all politics but finds herself unable to move forward to a more positive stand. Travelling to Italy to participate in an annual fashion show in Milan she meets a leading member of the opposition sitting next to her on the plane, Dr. Ashraf El-Zeini. Her life, henceforth, seems bound to another course. On returning home she now finds herself abe to move to a more active role in her life and in the affairs of her country. After taking part in a huge public demonstration against the government, she is , for the first time of her life, detained by the police. She now knows who she is and what it is she wants: freedom for herself from her husband and freedom for her country the regime. The revolution opens the way for her relationship with Ashraf to reach fulfillment. Ayman, on the other hand, is a young man in search of his mother who--he learns by accident--has not died while he was a child as he was led to believe. The search for his mother becomes his means to self-realization and runs parallel to what is happening around him with the demonstrations in the streets. Dohha and Ayman along with the other characters of the novel, whose paths cross on several occasions, all meet in the huge revolution that erupts in Tahrir Square at the end of the novel bringing down the government and opening the way to freedom for Egypt and for the characters of the novel. Written in 2010, “Wings of the Butterfly” foretells the events of Tahrir Square. Since its First publication last December it has enjoyed great acclaim by the critics. Its lucid narrative and quick-paced plot, together with its success in reflecting and encapsulating an important and critical turning point in the modern history of Egypt, have made it a best-seller. It is now in its third edition and is soon to appear as a motion picture.

    • Fiction
      September 2014

      Adagio

      Winner of the Katara Prize for Arabic Novel 2015

      by Ibrahim Abdel Meguid

      He is surprised by the many musical pieces. After a long wait, he reaches the piano. Did he take his time, or did he surrender to the music? He arrives at the piano and sits in front of it, but he does nothing. He is playing Franz Liszt-Hungarian Rhapsody No.2, where the piano keys move between violins that he cannot not see. The Rhapsody is like a sad sea, and unconsciously, he started moving his arms like the maestro. His head is also moving in great absorption. He arrived for Mozart, but was taken by Liszt. Now, he is playing Mozart’s piano Concerto No. 21. Mozart is back. A tear was about to escape his eyes. The quick piano melodies of Liszt took him to Mozart. He does not know how that happened to him. What a beautiful action, if it was done by a mysterious person.It is a love story; exceptional in its farewell. It has many joyful moments, but it resembles the farewell melody, the sad “Adagio” … the Adagio is a musical piece where the great composer moves from his favorite worlds, cites and deserts … to the human soul in unrepeatable movements.

    • Fiction
      January 2018

      The Lady of Zamalek

      by Achraf El Achmawi

      This novel takes place in Zamalek, a famous district in Cairo .It’s an island in the heart of Cairo connected to the River banks which has witnessed many phases of growth and is well known till now as a very refined district. The novel starts with a real incident that has happened in the late 20s of the 20th Century to a famous Jewish millionaire named Soliman Shekoral, the owner of famous shops chain. He was killed by five men, four of them were foreigners working with him, the fifth was able to escape from authorities. The author built the novel’s main plot on the fifth Egyptian man who was named Abbas El Mahlawy. Shekorel’s murder accident will be a turning point in the lives of the novel’s heroes. We will witness the social economic changes in the Egyptian society before the 1952 revolution and till the year 1990. The novel has five main heroes who narrate their stories and who completes the story of the other character from his own point of view. Abbas starts his life working in a prostitution house in Alexandria in a time when prostitution was permitted in Egypt. He was then involved in the murder of Shekoral and we find him during President Mubarak era main candidate in the Egyptian national party. We have in the novel two main heroines, Nadia and Zeinab El Mahlway. Through out the novel we will not know whether Nadia or Zeinab or both, the lady of Zamalek. Both have great influence on the novel’s incindences. Zeinab was Abbas sister who bought her with him Cairo and who tried to make from her an aristocratic lady though she didn’t complete her main education.Through out the novel we will see how Nadia was confused and unsatisfied with her life, she was introduced to be Abbas only daughter from Paula the widow of Shekorel. At the end of the novel we will discover that Abbas didn’t marry Paula and also that Nadia is not Abbas daughter and she was an orphan Jewish girl for a famous diamond dealer who died in reality in 1950 in the famous areoplane crash accident. Al Ashmawy was so successful to mix real true stories with other imaginary ones to the extent that we don’t know what is real and what is not.You will feel that you are hearing and watching the heroes.

    • Fiction
      January 2018

      Al Fabrika

      Winner of the Sawiris Cultural Award 2018

      by Ahmed El Malwany

      The novel takes place during the French Campaign in Egypt (1798- 1801) and the present time. It revolves around one of the young soldiers in Napoleon Bonaparte’s army known by Simon Rinar who lived in a small village in Egypt for more than ten years. Then, he escapes leaving behind a machine that no one knows anything about it. The poor villagers with their simple dreams believe that this machine could perform a miracle, if someone was able to make it work. Their dream become more intensified when the grandson of El Khwajah Rinar, Mansour, comes after many years to visit the village. Mansour comes searching for the inheritance and wanting to know the mysterious past of his grandpa, Simon Rinar, whom nothing was known about him except his extraordinary passion for magic. Mansour, who is a scientist, finds himself lost between his grandpa’s unknown past and the village’s mysterious and bloody struggles.

    • Fiction
      January 2017

      The Prescription No. 7 

      by Ahmed Magdy Hammam

      Melegy the hero of the novel is undertaking an exciting adventure to a fictional island called “Caboria”. To reach his destination, he travels from the very North to the South. He passes by imaginary kingdoms and meets unique creatures that aren’t on earth. Some of those creatures are taken from classical Arabic literature while others from famous legends and the rest were completely created by the author. Melegy escapes from his country and goes to Caboria because injustice, racial discrimination, civil wars. Caboria is a safe place that could save him from the suffering that he has faced. The Prescription No.7 doesn’t only depend on old heritage and legendry characters, but it also includes some glances at the new arts. This idea is evident through one of the novel characters “Ahmed Zaki,” one of the most influential Egyptian actors in the 20th century.

    • Fiction

      The "Extra"

      On running away from the worms of Earth in Egypt

      by Nasser Iraq

      Nasser Iraq continues his probing into the depth of the human soul, through the character of an unknown actor, who dreams of a suitable chance for his great talent, that would take him to the stardom that he deserves.The main character in the novel, Abd ek Maenem, el Said Suddenluy disappears. Through the events, the character surrounding Abdel Moenem El Said, his wife and his daughters “ Fatma” and “Faten”, uncover the details of what happened before he disappears and what happened after this mysterious disappearance. We discover through him the details of his life since his young childhood, where his mother used to send him to bring her lovers, after his father left home to work ; then her killing by his father, when he discovered what she was doing…. Many intertwined details that left him full of complexes and influenced his behavior, but he was able to overcome them and lived a normally life until he faced ultimate chock: the loss of his young child Yehia . He decided to runaway, with no aim, but he starts a new life, with a new name, in a new place where no body knows him.Through his new personality “ El Said”, known now as “ Salama”, continues to recall his memories and interact with the events of his life, until he sees on Tv the picture of his daughter “ Faten” wounded in the events of 25th of January, Revolution. That incident bring him back to his former life, without disclosing his real identity, the. He resumes his running away and his disappearance. After a conflict with drug dealers and a mortal wound, he calls for his wife and his two daughters for a final encounter, before heading to his last-lost- combat with the “ worms of earth.” Nasser Iraq: A Journalist, an author and a Media person, who graduated from the Faculty of Arts. He published a number of novels : “Times of dust” 2006, “ Because of Love “ 2008, “ The Crown of the hoopoe “ 2012 and his novel “ The Unemployed “ which was short listed for the Arab Booker Award. He also published “ Women of Cairo, Dubai” 2014 and “ Alazbakeya”which has won the big prize of Katara award.

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