Sameh El Gabas  |  Literature  |  2011  |  Egypt
An epic narrative that documents the history of the city of Port Said from 1956 until the present day. The main character is ‘Al-Bambooti’ who lives on the sea port and spends his time servicing ships, guiding tourists, and selling knick-knacks to passing sailors. Through his eyes, the economic, political and social changes that are impacting the citizens of Port Said are highlighted. The quasi-satirical end of the tale is the prediction of the city’s disappearance, submerged by the sea, as foretold by the latest environmental studies on climate change.