‘Disturbed’ is a short story based solely on the narrative device of the inner monologue, as the protagonist ponders the meaning of madness after the death of his father. Forced to move back to Egypt while still in mourning, the protagonist struggles to acclimatize to his new surroundings and the resultant turbulence that affects his life and his family’s well-being.
Abdelrahim, author of ‘Al-Hujrat and other stories‘ published in 2013, presents in ‘Disturbed’ an introspective look at grief and how it may affect the workings of the mind, driving one to despair. It posits that there are two types of death, the first of the physical form and a latter metaphysical death which may lead to madness.
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. Hear it here. 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.