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.
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.
Best Graphic Novel at the Cairo Comix Festival (2017)
Grand Prize at the Cairo Comix Festival (2017)
MAHMOUD KAHIL AWARD FINALIST (2018)
PAGE & SPREAD SAMPLES
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.
Where can I buy Shubeik Lubeik in arabic?
Anywhere in Egypt
All branches of Diwan
All branches of Sherouk
All branches of Fekra
All branches of Al-Ahram Bookstores
Cairo West el-Balad/Zamalek/Mohandessin
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!!! I will update it when other delivery options for physical copies outside the MENA region are available. But as of right now, Jamalon.com is the only option.
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.