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Vertigo (English) by [Mourad, Ahmed]
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Vertigo (English) Kindle Edition

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A novel deserving of applause (Sonallah Ibrahim)

In a region where there are not many novels in the thriller genre, Ahmed Mourad's racy and dark portrayal of pre-revolution Egypt comes as a welcome addition. (Gulf News)

Ahmed Mourad is a distinctive, indeed a unique voice, and... Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation and Robin Moger, its stylish translator, have done us a considerable favor in making that voice available to Western audiences... Vertigo is possessed by a powerful vision of Mubarak's Egypt as a cesspit of graft, greed, and ruthless hypocrisy. (World Literature Today)

It is a beautiful and interesting novel (Osama Ghareeb Al Masry Al Youm)

(Mourad) has got involved and done something big. (The Daily Star, Lebanon)

What Vertigo captures that is so essentially 2011 is the desire to rock our corrupt, and degraded world by - somehow - speaking the truth... Like the spirit of this year, this is truly brave (M. Lynx Qualey, Al Masry al Youm, Egypt)

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Caught in a ruthless, political game where the penalty for losing is your life, what would you do?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1526 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing; 1 edition (15 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007EMV82Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,265,719 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Well, I read it in the English translation, and maybe it's the tranlsator, but the language is stilted: "After that, events unfolded very quickly" "...probably killed by the impact of his landing rather than the bullets." "Ahmed captured a moment from their lives" (ie. photogrpah).
The author is also annoyingly cocky: He describes a couple of rich gangster types , finishing with: "They are invariably called Asim or Shukri", then 4 pages later: "...out walked Asim el-Sisi (See, I told you he'd be called Asim)".
This could be seen as being playful, but to me it's pretentious and heavy-handed.

The author appears to be trying to concoct a "Cairo Thriller" via a vivisection of a handful of thriller-genre movies (He describes things as looking as though "they were from a movie"). Thus, the plotting seems obvious and clunky, and "cinematic" (ie. overblown and a little melodramatic), as though he's hoping a Hollywood producer will read it and pounce.

In short, it's pulp fiction, aiming at action rather than depth.

Had to put it down less than a quarter in, unfortunately. I had been looking forward to reading it.
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I read it in Arabic and loved it. Also his other book is great too. Waiting for his next book and the movie.
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