“He was sitting, motionless, his face frozen as though sculpted from stone, staring into nothingness as though he had lost his hearing or his sight.”
“Finally, I thank those who selected my novel for this prize: you have awarded me a moment of joy, of which I was most in need.”
“The candid depiction of the worsening situation of Egyptian Christians and their alienation in their own country is touching and sensitively written,” prize judge Rasheed El-Enany wrote in his remarks.
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“I will admit to a hope, though: that they are the tip of an iceberg, and that more such works will be discovered in due course. That’s the more interesting scenario.”
Just to be sure, I drove past her slowly and watched her in the mirror as she looked my way. I stopped and went back. I turned off the music and rolled down my window. With the innocence and politeness of a child, I said: “Are you going somewhere madam? Would you like a ride?”
“I don’t know what to do to stop this,” Eid told Mada.
“The motion is set to be heard at Bulaq Abu Al-Aila Misdemeanour court.”
“I was privileged to touch his face, and how handsome, scholarly and full of inward light it was!”
“It is not quite clear the extent to which Noura (or even young Nour) is meant to be allegory for Egypt. She has, after all, refused both the Islamic and Western options, and remained confident of her ability to devise her own way in spite of her dubious future.”
“‘Using Life’s’ illustrator Ayman Zorkany will be traveling to Italy to present the book at the Festival delle letterature Mediterranee in Lucera in Puglia. After that, there will also be a launch in Rome.”
“Your money will go towards producing and marketing these events, and paying a fee to Omar and to all other artists involved. We are also hoping to commission a piece of work from Omar Hazek.”
“Naguib Mahfouz didn′t want his early essays salvaged from out-of-print journals, dusted off and collected in an anthology.”