At the time, the The Sudanese Foreign Ministry expressed anger at the series and, according to Arab News, summoned the Egyptian ambassador to Khartoum to protest the image of Sudan in the show. The storm would pick up in a while and then the sand would fill the air and cover the earth, like a sea swallowing everything. More on the Hoopoe Fiction website. The sandstorm had just started and they were on an open plain, with no hills to shade them and no caves to provide shelter, so it would not be wise to stop now. https://t.co/2MTXMYBmto pic.twitter.com/4yv8MigUQD
— Hoopoe (@HoopoeFiction) June 8, 2020
The novel was originally released in 2010, and a screen adaptation came out during Ramadan 2018. He had to find shelter before the storm peaked, or else they would perish. He leaned over to the camel carrying Omar and pulled it toward him, and the camel complied. As long as their mounts could keep going, they should travel on. Fakhreddin looked into Omar’s eyes, and still he couldn’t see any glimmer of life in them. The makers of the series issued a statement saying they had not intended to provoke a diplomatic crisis. Hoopoe Fiction, which released the novel in English last year, has an excerpt on their website. It opens:
Fakhreddin wrapped the turban tight across his face and nose, leaving a narrow slit for his eyes. Netflix and the Screen Adaptation of ‘Abu Omar al-Masri’
The screen adaptation of Ezzedine Choukri Fishere’s Abu Omar al-Masri — translated to English by Jonathan Wright and retitled as The Egyptian Assassin — is now available on Netflix:
Great news in case you didn't already know! He tightened the turban around the boy’s passive face and let the camel resume its normal pace. @netflix is broadcasting @FishereEzzedine's 'Abu Omar ElMasry' (= 'The Egyptian Assassin' translated in English by Jonathan Wright, @HoopoeFiction, 2019)—apparently with English subtitles. Only the sound of the wind and the hiss of the sand broke the silence. Omar didn’t move, apparently indifferent to what his father was doing. He took hold of the turban covering the boy’s face. They seemed to be frozen.