The novel “Buddha’s Smile… I Called Your Name in the Water” by the novelist and storyteller Sharif Saleh was recently published by “Lines and Shadows” for publishing and distribution.
Sherif Saleh said about his new novel: “I have been writing and changing it for ten years, and it is my book No. 17, and every book I wrote was a love story, a sweet stew for myself before any human being.”
“Saleh” added, through his personal page on the social networking site “Facebook”: “But this book was different, it is a spiritual biography of me, he went through with me all the pains that a person can go through, and I asked myself a lot of questions and answers, and it is the first book I am interested in Sufism and spirituality, and it is my book on life.”-
And the foreword to the novel says: “It is nothing worse than growing up and our scars, mistakes and delusions growing up with us. All I needed was to cry the moment I saw my mother’s body on the steering wheel, and cry when she woke me up (your father ran away and left us), suppressing sadness, anger and defeat like a huge monster inside me.” Sheikh Shaaban left a virus in me forever. Executioners live in our souls, in every moment and every memory. I was surprised by the words of Imam Ali: (People are sleeping, if they die, wake up), is it the same as Young’s word (He who looks outside dreams.. He who looks inside wakes up)?, I can only wait until my awareness of things clears up.”-
As for Sherif Salih, he is an Egyptian novelist, storyteller, and writer. He studied at the Faculty of Dar Al Uloom at Cairo University and obtained a diploma in art criticism from the Academy of Arts and a master’s degree in literary criticism. He is in Kuwait, and is currently working as a supervisor for the cultural page in Al-Nahar newspaper, and writes a column for Al-Qahera newspaper, entitled “I Found It.”
He has many publications, including “A Finger Walks Alone” (a collection of stories), 2007, “The Triangle of Love” (a collection of stories), 2009, “A Person Fit to Kill” (a collection of stories), 2011, “Naguib Mahfouz and the Transformations of the Story” (a study), 2011, “The Rooster Dance” (a play), 2011, “Egg on the Beach” (a collection of short stories), 2013, “The Sleeping Notebook” (a collection of short stories), 2015, “The Facebook Guard” (a novel), 2017.