CAIRO – 6 February 2019: Writer Mahmoud Abdo expressed his deep happiness for winning the Best Collection of Stories Award at the Cairo International Book Fair's golden jubilee.
Abdo’s collection includes 12 various short stories; the one thing his stories had in common is that they portrayed the pain and agony of individuals in the community and how each individual’s thoughts and personality are shaped according to the experience they go through.
Abdo presented a story titled "Secret Organization", in which he used late veteran writer Naguib Mahfouz's style in his story of the same name; however, in Abdo’s story his narration changes and deals with events in a comedic manner, even though the characters presented in the novel are serious.
Some stories reflect major economic, political and social incidents that occurred during the 90’s and had a profound impact on Egyptians' lives.
It is remarkable that Abdo does not present these incidents in a rhetorical tone or even put them under the spotlight; instead, Abdo presented the stories as narrated by the characters, each through his personal perspective.