Al-Syklob (The Cyclops), by: Ibrahim Abdel-Meguid (Tunisia: Miskilyani Publishing), 2019
Renowned Egyptian novelist Ibrahim Abdel-Meguid continues to explore new horizons in Arabic literature with his latest novel 'Al-Syklob' (The Cyclops), published by Tunisian publishing house Miskilyani Publishing last month.
According to Abdel-Meguid, he did not write the novel, it was written by the characters themselves. An absurd theatre writer was created by a novelist, then a strange phenomenon starts to occur, everything that the invented writer imagines becomes real in the novelist's life. The question then becomes; who is writing the novel, are the events taking place in the real world or the imagined one, and who is imagining it?
The novel is a certain candidate for the Booker Prize this year.
Abdel-Meguid, 72, is a renowned Egyptian novelist, best known for his novel 'No One Sleeps in Alexandria.' His works have been translated into many languages including English and French.
Abdel-Meguid has won various awards, including the Mahfouz Medal for Literature from the American University in Cairo Press and the Sawiris Award for Literature for Established Writers.