Over the Bridge Mohamed El-Bisatie

ISBN: 9781306503945

Published: May 10th 2014

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Over the Bridge  by  Mohamed El-Bisatie

Over the Bridge by Mohamed El-Bisatie
May 10th 2014 | Unknown Binding | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | | ISBN: 9781306503945 | 9.77 Mb

Forging documents in an Egyptian government office, a bureaucrat authorizes a 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 createdthe wealthy new district with its villas and swimming pools, the restless inhabitants of the poverty-stricken old quarter, and the Nile bridge that links the two.

Most of all, he pictures the cruelty and corruption of the citys 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 ineptness, economic and social injustice, and individual moral failings. In Mohamed El-Bisaties hands, the human drive to create, and to control ones own and others destinies, is invariably turned on its head, while attempts to do good frequently end up causing harm instead.

Like Frankensteins monster, the bureaucrats elaborate illusion begins, gradually but relentlessly, to take on a reality and momentum of its own and, by the conclusion of the tale, reveals itself as having contained the seeds of its creators demise. Intriguing and surprising, Over the Bridge is a compelling allegory about power and its abuse, the thin line between reality and make-believe, and the law of unintended consequences.

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