A Hungarian art historian comes to Kuwait to classify buildings built by the eccentric Hungarian architect Goldfinger in the 1950s. He soon discovers mysteries surrounding one of the buildings. Goldfinger had collaborated with the genius scientist Marcel (Makár) Neumann. Research into the matter becomes a journey into the culture of the Middle East and into borderline experiences with science and religion.

Novella, 71 pages. Available on Amazon.

Paperback  $8. ISBN: 9781693471100

Kindle $5. Only from your regional Kindle store like Amazon.fr, Amazon.co.uk, etc. 

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"I am glad that I came to this country for a purpose. Unlike many other Westerners who are living here, I am not drifting around just killing time, but I know perfectly well what I am doing. The purpose of my coming to this most dusty corner of the Middle East was not to wallow in impeccable metaphysical insouciance or in the harmonious inertness of locals. Nor was it to delve into the deepest layers of ignorance, as adventurous as this might seem from time to time. No, my purpose for coming here was lofty and truly “mankind-saving.” The waves of enlightenment will hover over the sand and the indistinct buildings of this country. Through my knowledge of technology and my humanist spirit, the region, and finally the entire world, will be led to unredeemable improvement.

"It is actually not entirely my spirit that will hover there but that of the eccentric Hungarian architect Györgyi (George) Goldfinger (1897-1988) who lived in Kuwait from 1956 to 1961 and who had ambitious projects for the entire Middle East. Long before Goldfinger became famous for his modernist structures in London, New York, and Hong Kong, this slightly crazy utopianist experimented with what he called “psychodynamic architecture" ...

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"The Ayan Palace used to be a hotel for the official guests of the Emir of Kuwait and it is situated in the area of Al-Qurain. In 1968, the palace was used for negotiations between the Kuwaiti state and the British oil industry. On October 13, the CEO of British Petroleum, Robert Brenner, resided in the palace and was about to sign an important contract concerning the financial aspects of the partnership, particularly with respect to the expensing of royalties and the charging of royalty payments as a cost against the company's income. For unknown reasons, instead of entering the ceremonial hall on the first floor at eleven o’clock to meet with the Emir as it had been agreed upon, Dr. Brenner made a few phone calls from his hotel room, took a taxi to the airport and took the next flight back to London. The reasons for Dr. Brenner’s strange actions could never be elucidated. The contract would only be signed five years later by his successor...

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Kuwait 2059

Cyberpunk Novella

2019. 100 pages.  ISBN: 9781704928814. Paperback $8 on Amazon

We are in the year 2059. Boubyan Island, which is situated three kilometers off the north shore of Kuwait, is inhabited by five million Chinese. After the slow decline of oil prices, the Kuwaiti and Chinese governments signed contracts assigning the urban development as well as the cyber development of this small oil nation to Chinese companies. China invested massively in real estate but also sold large software packages to all sectors of the Kuwaiti economy. According to unofficial reports, the software contained spy elements that enabled the Chinese to claim significant amounts of Kuwaiti resources. Will we have conflicts between Confucianism and Islam? Will there be a revolution? Provocative, funny. A dystopian satire.

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