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Utopia by Ahmed Khaled Towfik
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Utopia (2009)

by Ahmed Khaled Towfik

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Le Caire, 2023. Utopia est une ville barricadée, gardée par des ex-marines à la retraite. Les habitants y vivent dans le luxe et ont accès à tout ce que l’on peut se procurer par le biais de l’argent. Les jeunes, qui y sont nés et qui y grandissent, cherchent à rompre l’ennui par tous les moyens. L’une des activités les plus prisées est la chasse à l’homme. Il faut ramener une proie vivante à Utopia en se faufilant incognito chez Les Autres, les pauvres. Seulement voilà, lorsque Larine et son amie Germinal tentent l’aventure, les choses ne se déroulent pas tout-à-fait comme prévu ; de chasseurs, ils deviennent proies.

C’est un roman dystopique où le proverbe « l’oisiveté est mère de tous les vices » prend tout son sens, où l’on est amené à réfléchir sur le fonctionnement actuel du monde par peur de ce que demain pourrait probablement être et où l’on a un aperçu de ce que l’être-humain est prêt à faire pour survivre, faute de vivre. ( )
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A grim futuristic account of Egyptian society in the year 2023, Utopia takes readers on a chilling journey beyond the gated communities of the North Coast where the wealthy are insulated from the bleakness of life outside the walls. When a young man and a girl break out from this bubble of affluence in order to see for themselves the lives of their impoverished fellow Egyptians they are confronted by a world that they had not imagined possible. Breathtaking and suspenseful, Utopia's twists and turns will keep readers guessing until the very last page, and may leave some wondering whether this is a vision of the future that is not too far away.
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