Today, Netflix is releasing the series Paranormal, based on the ما وراء الطبيعة books by beloved Egyptian novelist Ahmed Khaled Tawfik. We look back at the man (1962-2018) and the impact his books had on young readers.
"Before that, I had read the Arabic translation of the Goosebumps novels, and I knew that I loved horror fiction, but for me this was better -- maybe it was the Egyptian environment, characters, and atmosphere that made it familiar and yet outlandish."
"When Rifaat Ismail died in the novellas, it caused a sensation on the internet. Fans on social media websites made a de facto protest march online, complaining that the man still had plenty of life in him and that the author should have kept him going for at least another 10 years."
"So he tore up the manuscript and decided to start again. In my opinion, it was the best decision he could’ve made, as the resulting novel was a masterpiece."
The last, the short-short “A Man in a Cup,” is an adapation of a short story by Iraqi writer Hadiya Hussein of the same name. If you won't be in London, you can watch it online.
"Other Mulberry Films productions include The Piano Tuner, adapted from a novel by Daniel Mason, Dromos, an adaptation of Massimo Carlotto’s Respiro Corto, and Purple America, an adaptation of a book by Rick Moody."
Taken from our Friday Films series, these have been narrowed to the classic book-film combinations where the film can be watched (for free) online.
"The Collar and the Bracelet, which has been beautifully translated by Samah Selim, was also translated to film by Khairy Beshara in 1986 and named one of the Best 15 Films of the Last 100 Years, as chosen by 20 critics. "
The 1977 film was directed by Salah Abu Seif and won "Best Film of the Year" from the Egyptian Film Association.
"It’s set during al-Zayyat's first political awakening, in the decade post-WWII."
The film was released in 1965, directed by Khalil Shawki and starring Samira Ahmed.
Miramar was also recently adapted into an opera that debuted in 2005.