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Hosam Aboul-Ela

Arabic translator

Hosam Aboul-Ela is an author and the translator of Soleiman Fayyad and Ibrahim Abdel Meguid. He is an Associate Professor in the English department at the University of Houston, Texas.


Stealth

Fiction by Sonallah Ibrahim

translated by Hosam Aboul-Ela

Set in the turbulent years before the 1952 revolution that would overthrow King Farouk and bring Gamal Abdel Nasser to power, Stealth — by Sonallah Ibrahim, one of Egypt’s most respected and uncompromising novelists — is a gripping story seen through the eyes of an eleven-year-old boy. A young Egyptian’s coming of age proves halting and uncertain as he fails to outgrow dependence on his aging father and tries to come to terms with the absence of his mother. Through the boy’s memories, fantasies, and blunt observations, we experience his attempts at furtively spying on the world of Egyptian adults. His adventures portray a Cairo full of movie stars, royalty, revolutionaries, and ordinary people trying to survive in the decaying city.