Translated by Robin Moger
2025: fourteen years after the failed revolution, Egypt is invaded once more. As traumatized Egyptians eke out a feral existence in Cairo’s dusty downtown, former cop Ahmed Otared joins a group of fellow officers seeking Egypt’s liberation through the barrel of a gun.
As Cairo becomes a foul cauldron of drugs, sex, and senseless violence, Otared finally understands his country’s fate.
In this unflinching and grisly novel, Mohammad Rabie envisages a grim future for Egypt, where death is the only certainty.
"A book of perverse and stomach-curdling violence that would have been unthinkable before the 2011 revolution, which inspired it."—Maria Golia, Times Literary Supplement
"Gritty."—New York Times
"Part early Ian McEwan, part Philip K. Dick, Mohammad Rabie's apocalyptic take on the Arab Spring in Egypt is an expressionist coup—urgent, disturbing, and eminently readable."—Youssef Rakha, author of The Crocodiles and The Book of the Sultan's Seal
"Reading Otared is by and large like having a hand grasping the back of your head, forcing you to look through photos from hell."—Marcia Lynx Qualey, The National
"More than just a portrait of a bleak future, this novel is of course a trenchant critique of modern Egypt. In Robin Moger’s deft translation, Rabie’s deployment of irony is skillfully rendered, a tool he uses to invert his country’s contemporary characteristics in an attempt to underscore the absurdity of his narrative."—Culture Trip
- October 1st 2016
- $17.95 / £9.99 / LE200
- Format: Paperback
- ISBN: 9789774167843
- Also available as: eBook