Writers Series: Porno by Mahmoud Tawfik

The Writers Series concludes with Mahmoud Tawfik's short story 'Porno' from the anthology collection 'Blue'.

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Mahmoud Tawfik’s short story, ‘Porno‘ from the anthology ‘Blue’, concludes the Writers Series. You may hear it here.

‘Porno’ is a story of a down-on-his-luck ne’er do well who believes he’s chanced upon an opportunity of a lifetime. The protagonist is noticed by the neighbourhood strongman due to his unexpectedly sonorous voice, which is at odds with his less lustrous physical appearance. Because of this, an opportunity arises that appears to be the panacea for his ails.

However, not everything goes according to plan, and the protagonist finds himself in a situation far removed from the ideal scenario he had initially envisaged.

The Writers Series comprises a selection of authors who were asked to pick an excerpt to be recorded and produced in collaboration with Dandin. The result is a collection of stories using literary devices that range from the hero’s journey to interior monologue. A series of designs inspired by the source material was created by Castell Lanko.

The first release of the writers series is the short story ‘The Tale of the Dragon and the Elephant‘, written by the late Mahmoud Farag (1982 – 2012).  It was originally published in Akhbar Al Adab around the time of the author’s death and is narrated here by novelist Ahmed Naji.

The second is an excerpt from the novel “Zamaa El Leil” (Night Thirst) by Sherif Abdel Samad and narrated by the author himself. The recorded excerpt is a Sufi-inspired tale of a traveller trekking the desert who chances upon an elderly man and a young boy and eventually bears witness to an awesome and terrifying phenomenon.

The third release is Eman Abdelrahim’s unpublished text, ‘Disturbed‘, narrated by Sarah El Sirgany. Forced to move back to Egypt after his father’s death, the protagonist struggles to acclimatize to his new surroundings and the resultant turbulence that affects his life and his family’s well-being.

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