SHUBEIK LUBEIK

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A graphic novel trilogy set in a fantastical Egypt where wishes are literally for sale, and the more expensive they are the more powerful their ability to fulfill your dreams. SHUBEIK LUBEIK tells the story of three first-class wishes and how they affect the lives of three characters trying to achieve their dreams in a wildly stratified society.

 
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The award-winning first part of the trilogy, Aziza, introduces us to an imagined modern-day Cairo, where first class wishes are sold in bottles, and third class wishes are sold in cans. Unfortunately, the majority of the population can only afford third class wishes, which have been banned in Europe and by the government because they are highly unpredictable and often come true in damaging or ineffective ways.  

Aziza is a serious young woman, a hard worker whose life experience has taught her never to let her guard down; still, she allows herself to be wooed by Abdo, a boy she has grown up with who loves Aziza and life wholeheartedly. When Abdo is suddenly taken from her, Aziza, who has never believed in buying wishes before, seeks out a local kiosk which she has been told is selling first class wishes at a deep discount.

Aziza is a story about loss and regret; it is also a story about our deepest desires and the human right to have, and make, wishes.

 
3rd class wish genie formed of arabic calligraphy

3rd class wish genie formed of arabic calligraphy

 
 

Best Graphic Novel at the Cairo Comix Festival (2017)
Grand Prize at the Cairo Comix Festival (2017)
MAHMOUD KAHIL AWARD FINALIST (2018)

 
1st class wish genie of (better) arabic calligraphy

1st class wish genie of (better) arabic calligraphy

 

PAGE & SPREAD SAMPLES

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 Shubeik Lubeik in English

Shubeik Lubeik is an Arabic incantation that genies declare upon emerging from the bottle in folktales. It has the same meaning as “Your wish is my command.”

Each part of the Shubeik Lubeik trilogy is released as a separate novel in Arabic. The first part has already been published by Dar al-Mahrousa in 2018. The translated collected volume of all three books is set to be released in English by Pantheon Books (US) and Granta (UK) in 2021.

If you can read Arabic, you can find more information on where to purchase the Arabic edition of the first part of the trilogy below.

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Where can I buy Shubeik Lubeik in arabic?

Egypt

Anywhere in Egypt
via souq.com
Click Here

Cairo
All branches of Diwan
All branches of Sherouk
All branches of Fekra
All branches of Al-Ahram Bookstores

Cairo West el-Balad/Zamalek/Mohandessin
Sanabel Bookstores
Tanmeya
Laila
Afaaq
Omar Bookstore
Al-Balsam

Cairo Maadi
Kotob Khan
Kotobgeya
Toya Book
Adam Bookstore

Alexandria
Bait Al-Kotob Bookstore
Horus Bookstore
Al-Qal’a Bookstore
Dar Al-Maaref
Sufi Bookstore

Middle east & north africa

Anywhere in the MENA Region
via jamalon.com
Click Here

Saudi Arabia
via club-book.com
Click Here

the rest of the world

Worldwide
via jamalon.com
Click Here

UK
Saqi Books
26 Westbourne Grove
London W2 5RH
United Kingdom

US

Buy online anywhere in the US via Maamoul Press
Click Here

Vault of Midnight Bookstores
Ann Arbor
219 S. Main St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Detroit
1226 Library St
Detroit, MI 48226

Grand Rapids
95A Monroe Center St NW,
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

read a digital version

Google Books (Outside the Middle East)
Click Here

 
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Purchasing FAQ

I can’t find it in Diwan/Sherouk/etc!

Diwan and Sherouk stock only a few copies in each branch, so you may have to order it from their storage to the nearest store. It takes about a week for them to bring new copies to a branch.

Jamalon.com delivery outside the MENA region is super expensive!

I know!!! Jamalon.com is the best option for worldwide shipping so far, but inside Egypt there is souq.com and for the United States you can also order via Maamoul Press!

Will it be available at [festival/convention/book fair]?

Yes! Shubeik Lubeik goes around a lot of book fairs with Al-Mahrousa and abroad with me. The best way to keep up with that is by either following or contacting Dar Al-Mahrousa’s Facebook page or Instagram, and my personal Twitter or Instagram.