(Egypt, 1978) won the first prize in the Emerging Writers category of the Sawiris Cultural Award for his debut novel Kawkab Anbar (Amber Planet, 2010). In 2012 he published the novel Year of the Dragon. His latest nove Otared (2015) is situated in near-future Cairo. The titular character - a police officer and sniper - embarks on a new career when he joins the underground resistance after his country is invaded by foreign mercenaries. The New York Times wrote: 'More than just a portrait of a bleak future, this novel is of course a trenchant critique of modern Egypt.'(WN 2019)
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Writers told us about their favourite book: the book that inspires or touches them, that set their artistic, moral or intellectual compass. In short, the book they would recommend to everyone.
Writer and journalist Fiep van Bodegom talked to authors Leni Zumas (US), Mohammad Rabie (Egypt) and Aafke Romeijn (Netherlands) about their expectations and speculations about the near future. All three recently published futuristic novels. In Red Clocks, Zumas portrays women in a future US where abortion and IVF are banned and and adoption is illegal for single mothers. In Rabie's Otared, a police sniper joins the underground resistance movement when half of Cairo is occupied by mercenaries. And in Concept M, Romeijn presents a surprising sketch of radicalization in the Netherlands in the year 2020.