Aidi in arabic
Born in Saudi Arabia in 1974, El-Aidi arrived in Cairo at the age of
15 -- a consequence of the 1990 Gulf War. Having failed to achieve high
grades in the notorious "thanawiya amma", he has enrolled at the
Open University to study marketing -- a drawn-out programme that gives
him plenty of time in which to "stare at the computer screen, talk to
the computer and listen to it talking back". El-Aidi did undertake work
as graphic designer, satellite television show script-writer and editor.
The first draft of "Abbas Al-Abd", in fact, was to be the second
installment in a series of comic books he was authoring for Dar Al-
Mubdi'oun, a private-sector publishing company that, in a series
entitled "Al-Maganin" (Mad People), attempted to produce a
text-based, Egyptian version of "Mad" magazine. Following the
dissolution of "Al-Maganin", a project to which El- Aidi had
contributed, the publisher started several series of comic books by
individual authors, one of which -- on the Arab Israeli conflict and
equivocally entitled "Beace ya man" (as in the Americanism "Peace,
man") -- was dedicated to El-Aidi.
The technical excellence of the first
book in that series, "Kitab Al-Junoun: Qissa Sycobatiya Mumilla"
(The Book of Madness: A Boring Psychopathic Story), led to the
publisher, in a gesture of trust, asking El-Aidi to write what he will,
be it within the comic genre or outside it -- something to which the
young author responded instantly, with relief. Although the publisher was extremely disappointed with the completed text and Aidi almost lost hope of ever getting it published due to various rejections, his text An Takoun Abbas
Al-Abd was eventually published by Miret publication and has proved so successful an entire
first edition sold out within months of its appearance.
Book Review by Hazem Abiad
مواليد المملكة العربية السعودية 1974م.
يدرس التسويق بالجامعة المفتوحة..
عمل في أحد القنوات الفضائية ككاتب نص لأحد برامج المسابقات، وكعضو في ورشة
الكوميديا التابعة لنفس القناة.
له بعض الكتابات الساخرة (قصص) في أحد السلاسل الساخرة. (متوقفة الآن).
ساخرة بعنوان (بيس يا مان).
له رواية بعنوان "أن تكون (عباس العبد)" صادرة عن دار ميريت.
متفرغ حالياً لمحاولاته الروائية.
لكتاب عباس العبد بقلم حازم أبيض