Dr. Ragab's Universal LanguageBook - 2010
In the course of his research, the unnamed narrator comes across the manuscript of Martin Hertwig, who was imprisoned at the end of World War II, in which he reflects on how Dr. Ragab's teachings on universal language helped him escape.
A strange and quirky tale about the power of the mind
Independent Publishing Group
Charlatan, guru, master of disguise, a simple opportunist or the great pretender? however one chooses to see him, one fact is certain: Dr. Ragab is a mysterious man. Talked about by everyone in 1920s Cairo, only a few get the chance to make his acquaintance, and fewer still?one person, in fact?get to study his life lessons. Hertwig is that lucky soul?or not so lucky, perhaps, not when he finds himself, at the very end of the second world war, imprisoned in a bunker by a gang of thugs. And yet there is a possible way out. Not in the conventional sense, it's true, but when you're holed up several feet underground, unsure of how long your captors plan to keep you alive, convention isn't necessarily a good thing, as Dr. Ragab would be the first to proclaim?and it's his Universal Language that may just provide Hertwig with the escape route he needs. As unconventional as the eponymous Ragab, this novel takes the reader on a surreal journey from Ealing to Egypt, via Germany.