Ahmed El Fiky, an Egyptian writer who display us his first book ‘Operation 9/11’
Operation 9/11 is spans from the months leading up to the attacks on September 11, 2001 in the United States until the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the novel will be released soon in Egypt in English first then it will be translated to Arabic
Ahmed El Fiky was born on the 3rd of February, 1988, so he is 24 years old. He has been born and raised in Maadi, Cairo. He was graduated from Victory collage language school, graduated as well from Cairo University. He is addicted to writing, reading and researching. He is a big fan of Architecture and arts in general as well. After 10 years He wants to be holding a Phd in Islamic studies and Philosophy. His first book is Operation 9/11.
The beginnings of a writer are fundamental to the development of his later works, when did you begin to write stories?
This may surprise you as I actually started writing while I was in university. Before that I used to created stories in my mind without putting them on papers. So you can say Operation 9/11 is my real first attempt to write.
Many writers acknowledge that they currently write their stories on computer because it greatly facilitates the work. However, others say that they continue writing on paper. In that place are you?
I am the first kind. My laptop is my friend always. It facilitates the process very much, yet I write the main Ideas of the book in a piece of paper before writing on the Laptop.
Your first book is entitled Operation 9/11 classified in the kind of fiction and historical, how was the process of documentation of the novel?
The process was quite hard. I started researching and writing in 2009. This means it took 3 years from me to complete the novel. I had to research 3 different topics: 9/11 attacks, the war on Iraq & Freemasonry. It was quite hard but had to be very accurate and honest in order not to help in deluding others.
Your novel Operation 9/11 is spans from the months leading up to the attacks on September 11, 2001 in the United States until the invasion of Iraq in 2003, why have you chosen this period?
Actually 9/11 was described as the day which changed the world. This event is the most important event in our century. In my opinion as well it led to the war on Iraq, by another word it was a step in the plan. Don’t be surprised when you know that George Bush asked Richard Clarke to find a link between Iraq and the attacks. Anyway I believe the world became a small village and what happens in a continent affects the other continents. This is my first reason. The second reason is that this issue concerns me as a Muslim and as an Arab. You can’t imagine how these attacks affected every Muslim and every Arab, so I felt responsible for making what happened clear to others by investigating it.
Many American and Arab writers see this period, along with the war in Afghanistan, an important claim to set their novels, is that an inspiration to tell many stories?
As a matter of fact this is a rich period. You can write hundreds of novels on it and from different perspectives so I think yes it is an inspiration.
What do you want to convey with your novel Operation 9/11?
Well, actually I am a Muslim. In our book Qur’an, in the opening which we read 17 times a day during prayers at least we ask God saying “ Guide us to the straight path “ .This equals for me: Gide us to the truth! Quoting from the bible I will say “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free “so we have to seek truth always, thus I made my goal in life to seek it by investigating everything. Freedom is by knowing the truth. This is simply what I want to convey, the truth! The truth regarding what happened and why it happened. How is the world being ruled? What is happening behind the curtains and so on?
Your novel is entitled Operation 9/11, what does that number mean? Do you have relationship with the attacks on September 11, 2001 in the United States?
The number is the day and the month of the attacks. 9 is September and 11 was the Tuesday in which the attacks took place. I have a big relation as I am a Muslim and an Arab and before that an inhabitant of planet Earth. But direct relation, no!
And, do you think that it is a striking title to claim the attention of the readers?
I think so although it differs from a reader to another according their tastes but I think it is a striking one. Here I must thank Mr. Darryl, my publisher, who chose it.
A sort of sacred cow that carries a balance appears on the cover. What is its meaning? Have you made the cover?
I meant to make the meaning somehow vague, yet I will answer you. The cow represents tyranny. On the head of the cow you will find the symbol of Freemasonry, and carrying a balance by his tail. I wanted to say that Freemasonry -which in my opinion is the real ruler of the world unfortunately and which represents tyranny- is controlling the balance of Justice in this world. On the balance you will find Babel tower on a side and the 3 fallen towers on the other side. I wanted to say that This tyrant, this ruler compared between Babel and 3 towers, Babel won, thus he chose to win babel and lose 3 towers and some dignity (which will be restored again shortly by attacking a couple of countries) The cover was designed by my father, Professor Abdel Mageed El Fiky who is a professor in the faculty of fine arts and a sculptor, yet I added few details.
Your novel Operation 9/11 is written in English, why did you decide to publish it in English? Do you think that have more possibility to inform about the novel?
I chose to publish it in English as it was directed to the west in the first position. I want to the west to listen to us. Enough listening about us. Also I want my people to know what the west thinking is about, using their own words. So I think yes there is more possibility.
And you are an Egyptian writer; will you present your novel in Arabic in Egypt?
Sure, the novel will be released soon in Egypt in English first then it will be translated to Arabic.
Amazon is the online platform where you published your novel on May 20, 2012; does it offer a great opportunity for novice writers?
Amazon is a great project. It facilitates everything so it really offers a great opportunity to be an international writer while you are still a beginner – if I am using the right word -.
Has your novel been much unloaded?
I Can answer this after one year at least.
We also want to know the culture of the Arab world and especially in your country; do they read much in the capital of Egypt, the Cairo?
I assume after the revolution specially, the Egyptian became eager to learn. Before it was really disappointing because not many were interesting in reading. In addition that not everyone who wants to read has the money needed for buying the books he/she wants. It is a bit complicated yet as I mentioned I think now we are taking the right path hopefully. Maybe this is a common problem in the world that people don’t want to investigate and read a lot and they prefer the T.V. or YouTube, yet I can talk only about the country I was born and raised in.
And there are many users of e-books?
Among the people who read, I assume there is a good number.
For a writer is very important people’s views on his book, have you received the opinion of the readers?
Sure, I received some opinions, yet the most precious one till now, was from an American friend and he is an actor who spent tens of years acting helping in building the American culture. He told me that the book enlightened him in a different thought process and showed him a new perspective. I appreciate a lot his words and hope that my book can build a bridge between every truth seeker in this world. Here I just want to mention that I am not monopolizing “Truth “and I respect any different opinion based on facts and evidences!