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[Novel] The Road to Shamawes ⑰

[Novel] The Road to Shamawes ⑰

[26] “So you left her and came back!” said Master Sayyid sharply after hearing Emad’s account. “What could I have done, Uncle Sayyid? If I had come back with her to the village at night, people would have said false things about. Our return from among the fields would have been strange and wouldn’t have […]

[Novel] The Road to Shamawes ⑯

[Novel] The Road to Shamawes ⑯

[25] Nargis’s early tension began to ease as she saw the old and new faces coming to the villa. She forgot for a while the beginning of the crisis, but she was aware that the end would not be so smooth. She might have looked at her watch over two hundred times within two hours, […]

[Novel] The Road to Shamawes ⑮

[Novel] The Road to Shamawes ⑮

[23] When Hisham left the café he looked a different person. Omar’s amusing anecdotes and jokes, bold views and sarcastic words, Terter’s hookah smoke, cardamon-added coffee, the crowded café noise made Hisham forget or ignore the person he invited to see, Omar. He doesn’t regard himself as spoilt as he is known in the family. […]

[Novel] The Road to Shamawes ⑭

[Novel] The Road to Shamawes ⑭

[21] For the first time Emad comes near Viola’s villa where she instructed the guards to let him into a room on the ground floor. A guard told her Emad was not alone, which she didn’t object to. Emad and his uncle entered a room which they felt looked like a movie studio: On the […]

[Novel] The Road to Shamawes ⑬

[Novel] The Road to Shamawes ⑬

[19] They walked silently, Emad’s heavy, angry steps, his uncle Nabil’s light, but quick steps to catch up with his nephew. Nabil felt he let down Emad and his sister. He wondered what mad Nargis did out of home. She does her prayers regularly. She’s modest and brilliant, though her voice rises when they discuss […]

[Novel] The Road to Shamawes ⑫

[Novel] The Road to Shamawes ⑫

[17] The phone in the small bedroom where Nargis was a few minutes earlier rang and Saadiya hurried to answer. She shut the door to prevent noise. She lifted the receiver : “Alnuzha Hospital?” “Yes, sir.” “I’m the brother of patient Marwa Wagih Essamuldin. May I talk to her?” Saadiya was quick – witted as […]

[Novel] The Road to Shamawes ⑪

[Novel] The Road to Shamawes ⑪

[16] She was overwhelmed by disturbing thoughts and Saadiya’s voice awoke her: “Mistress Nargis. The General is in the reception room. He wants to talk to you.” Putting on her alternative clothes Nargis said : “Tell him I’ll be there in five minutes.” A few minutes later the Shamawes woman crossed the reception room quickly […]

[Novel] The Road to Shamawes ⑩

[Novel] The Road to Shamawes ⑩

[14] When Hisham left his car and entered the villa with his dogs which only left him at the hobby door, his father was getting ready to go out. He didn’t like the noise that accompanied Hisham : “What’s the matter, Hisham? Are you off today? I can’t stay up late with you tonight. Viola […]

[Novel] The Road to Shamawes ⑨

[Novel] The Road to Shamawes ⑨

[13] Only the barks of a dog accompany him on his way in the darkness. Birds are asleep, donkeys silent and people went to bed. This is Emad crossing the dusty track along the small canal on his way home. He keeps thinking about Donia. The distance between the villa and his house, like the […]

[Novel] The Road to Shamawes ⑧

[Novel] The Road to Shamawes ⑧

[12] When Khodeir’s phone call ended, Dr Karim felt deeply worried. His uneasy calm abroad disappeared the moment he set foot at Cairo International Airport after many years of living abroad. He thought he had accomplished the most important mission in his life: that Donia be brought up well, distinguish between right and wrong, to […]

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