Ahmed Mourad was Hosni Mubarak’s personal photographer until his As the book, Vertigo, is published in English, he talks about the anger. Ahmed, a society photographer in a celebrated Cairo nightclub, witnesses a friend horrifically killed in a fight between young business rivals. Ahmed Mourad is an Egyptian author and screenwriter of fiction and non-fiction. Contents. 1 Writings. Vertigo; Diamond Dust;

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Ahmed Mourad

Vertigo has a self-consciously Hitchcockian title and the book is dotted with allusions to Hollywood. Like many Egyptians, he fears Mubarak’s successor will be a similar figure. So was Mourad in fear for his job — or, indeed, his life — when Vertigo appeared?

In general he was gentle, but many people say he was aggressive with his servants and his advisers. If only Mubarak and the goons mouurad sustained his tyranny had read more fiction they might have realised there was a nascent revolutionary in their midst.

Wikiquote has quotations related to: Ahmed Mourad on IMDb. After five years as the personal photographer to Mubarak, recording everything from world leaders’ visits to quotidian family gatherings, Mourad, then 29, had seen enough and was “ready to explode”, as he puts it now. Mourad, who is celebrating the seventh publication of his debut novel and the success of his follow-up, welcomed Al-Masry Al-Youm to his studio for a conversation about his work.

Mubarak could face the death penalty if convicted. Now, after its translation into English, he has talked for the first time about the emotions that inspired him to write it.

For his fellow countrymen, whose dreams were buried for 30 years, he longs for an Egypt “where the people have dignity and a decent life”.

At the time, thousands of workers were on strike and journalists were protesting about being silenced, but Tahrir Square was quiet. Ahmed Mourad, whose birthday is 14 February, is the son of a photographer who secured his job in the presidential palace through a friend of his father.

Topics Egypt The Observer. Torab el-Mas required multiple levels of research, as events in the novel run from the s to the present.

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In Vertigowhen a young photographer witnesses the death of his mouard friend in an altercation between two business moguls, he gradually becomes aware of the drastic changes surrounding him in the country. Queen of Belgium visits Aswan and Luxor 1 day ago. A tense thriller that reveals contemporary Egypt and Cairo’s seedy nightlife. Mourad has already written a second, and bloodier, thriller, Diamond Dustpublished in Arabic.

The novel won the Mediterranean award in from Italy. Even then, as those who lived under communism in eastern Europe testify, dictatorship is psychologically difficult to shake off. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. People are worried about their next meal. The central victims are two corrupt business tycoons with friends in high places. I decided that my main characters should be the same.

The Incipient Revolution in Ahmed Mourad’s ‘Vertigo’ – ArabLit

But Mohamed Hashem, the brave owner of Merit Publishing in Cairo, which specialises in experimental literature, said he liked it, described it as “cinematic” and agreed to publish it. This biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification.

Land of God Source: The story begins with the protagonist Taha who is living a normal boring life, and works ahmmed a medical representative at a pharmaceuticals company. Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediatelyespecially if potentially libelous or harmful. So he viewed his writing as a revolutionary act? Sisi 1 week ago. But in theory the long and rutted road to democracy has begun. Until a mysterious murder occurs that changed his entire life.

Nine months later Mourad is still in the palace, waiting for a new president to photograph. The plot turns on Ahmed’s attempt mouad persuade an apparently fearless editor of an “eye-catchingly vulgar” tabloid to publish the pictures.

His cinematic eye also helps in providing a well-structured action sequence. One of the books Mourad wrote was adapted as a TV series and another one as a movie. Another two significant works worth mention are the novel , published in and The Land of God Arabic: This page was last edited on 6 Decemberat Mourad’s most highly-rated book is currently being adapted into a film directed by Marwan Vertjgo. Vertigo ‘s protagonist is a bespectacled young photographer called Ahmed Kamal, born on Valentine’s Day, the son of a photographer, who inherits his job from his father.

Then the novel was made into a TV show during the month of Ramadan of titled: The book begins with Ahmed witnessing by chance, and surreptitiously photographing, a massacre in a revolving restaurant — Bar Vertigo — a haunt of the rich and powerful in downtown Cairo, high above the Nile. Mohamed Salah criticizes racism in tweet 3 days ago. EgyptAir to run first domestic flights from Sphinx Airport 2 weeks ago.

Publishing was not a problem for Mourad, especially after the success of Vertigo. The intelligence agents — the Mukhabarat — would not have needed to look far for clues.

As a film-maker as well as a photographer, Mourad was more than happy with the description: Here’s a list of his five books listed from best to worst as ranked on Goodreads: It was my wife, Sherine, who encouraged me to try to have it published. If my loathing of them makes me take revenge on behalf of others, where’s the problem? Although the author manages to keep the events in the book as gripping as the previous one, the book suffers from a serious case of typecasting when it comes to the main characters.

It was a story that resonated in Egypt and the book — which Mourad says was never meant for publication — became a bestseller.