Item description for Over the Bridge by Mohamed El-Bisatie, Nancy Roberts, Karen Meyers, Michael Atiyeh & Richard Starkings...
Forging documents in an Egyptian government office, a bureaucrat 'authorizes' a police department for a nonexistent city in Upper Egypt in order to siphon off its monthly payroll. But beyond simply embezzling funds, he sets about imagining in detail the fictional city he has createdthe wealthy new district with its villas and swimming pools, the restless inhabitants of the poverty-stricken old quarter, and the Nile bridge that links the two. Most of all, he pictures the cruelty and corruption of the city's chief of police. But the longer he spends envisioning this city and its inhabitants, the more the boundaries between the real world and his imagination dissolve. With its overlapping narratives, Over the Bridge is a subtle critique of governmental ineptness, economic and social injustice, and individual moral failings. In Mohamed El-Bisatie's hands, the human drive to create, and to control one's own and others' destinies, is invariably turned on its head, while attempts to do good frequently end up causing harm instead. Like Frankenstein's monster, the bureaucrat's elaborate illusion begins, gradually but relentlessly, to take on a reality and momentum of its own and, by the conclusion of the tale, reveals itself as having contained the seeds of its creator's demise. Intriguing and surprising, Over the Bridge is a compelling allegory about power and its abuse, the thin line between reality and make-believe, and the law of unintended consequences.
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Studio: American University in Cairo Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5" Height: 8" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Jul 30, 2006
Publisher American University in Cairo Press
ISBN 9774249747 ISBN13 9789774249747
Availability 0 units.
More About Mohamed El-Bisatie, Nancy Roberts, Karen Meyers, Michael Atiyeh & Richard Starkings
MOHAMED EL-BISATIE is the author of a number of novels and collections of short stories, including A Last Glass of Tea and Other Stories (AUC Press, 1994) and Houses Behind the Trees (AUC Press, 1997). He was awarded the Oweiss prize in 2001.
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A classic Sep 13, 2007
Hakki is a must for those who want to read classical arab literature. I liked his style and the main short story of the book - the Lamp of Umm Hashim - is very good. I strongly recommend it, you won't get bored and you will have the sense of being in the stories yourself.