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Over the Bridge free pdf This is a compelling allegory about power and its abuse. Forging documents in an Egyptian government office, a bureaucrat 'authorizes' a new 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 created - the wealthy new district with its villas and swimming pools, the restless and 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 abuse, economic and social injustice, and individual moral failings. In Mohamed El-Bastie'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. Like Frankenstein's monster, the bureaucrat's elaborate illusion begins, gradually but relentlessly, to take on a reality and momentum of its own. By the conclusion of the tale, it reveals itself as having contained the seeds of its creator's demise. Intriguing and surprising, Bisatie's novel exposes the thin line between reality and make-believe, and reveals the tragedy of unintended consequences.

About Mohamed El-Bisatie

Mohamed El-Bisatie is the author of a number of novels and short story collections, including A Last Glass of Tea and Other Stories (AUC Press 1994), Houses Behind the Trees (AUC Press 1997) and Clamor of the Lake (AUC Press 2004). He was awarded the Oweiss Prize in 2001. Nancy Roberts, translator of Ghada Samman's Night of the First Billion (AUC Press 2005), has translated works dealing with Islamic history, jurisprudence, Sufism and modern Islamic thought and practice.

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Author : Mohamed El-Bisatie
Publisher : The American University in Cairo Press
Data Published : 15 March 2006
ISBN : 9774249747
EAN : 9789774249747
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 152 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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