Monday, May 10, 2021

Author: Ibrahim Elaidy

Millions of copies of the French Goncourt-winning novel “Lanomaly” have been sold

On Friday, Gallimard announced that sales of Hervé Le Tillier’s novel “Lanomale”, winner of the 2020 “Goncourt”, the most prestigious French literary prize, have surpassed the threshold of one million copies.

“Week after week, the book continues to sell very well, we have not yet reached the end of this phenomenon,” Jean-Charles Grunstein, commercial director of Gallimard, told Agence France-Presse.

The sales of “Lanomaly” (anomalies), of which 12,500 copies were distributed in August 2020, which were not featured among the literary books of this house, accelerated thanks to the selection by the jury for the “Autumn Literary Awards”, and the closure of libraries from late October to early Last December, sales-focused on some successful business, including this book.

The exact sales number is still uncertain. According to Gallimard, the total number of copies is 954,000 in France and abroad, while 770,000 copies of the novel have been sold in France, according to the GFK board.

“Lanomaly”, which is the eighth of Herve Le Tillier’s novels, revolves around the consequences of a strange event represented by two flights between Paris and New York, which happened to carry the same passengers with a time difference of no more than a few months, as the novel brilliantly mixes different literary genres, including the black novel and the classic literary narrative. And science fiction.

Saudi Arabia … a study reveals one of the oldest series of archaeological structures

The Saudi Kingdoms Institute, which is concerned with archaeological research and conservation studies in the Al-Ula governorate, revealed an important archaeological discovery in the northwest of the kingdom, consisting of huge, super-complex stone structures called “rectangles”, which are classified much older than previously thought.

The study and conclusions related to the discovered structural structures are subject to further analysis and have also been published in “Antiquity”, a prestigious international journal whose contents are subject to close review by experts in this field.

Preserving AlUla’s legacy
Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, Governor of the Royal Commission for Al-Ula, said: “In line with the Kingdom’s vision 2030 to preserve more than 200,000 years of human history in Al-Ula, the Kingdoms Institute represents our commitment to preserving Al-Ula’s cultural heritage, as a global center for knowledge and research, and taking care of discoveries. It also provides new job opportunities for the people and residents of Al-Ula and strengthens the Kingdom’s role in preserving human history. ”

The Kingdoms Institute embodies a scientific center specialized in archeology research and means of preservation, and works extensively on the study of the history of the Arabian Peninsula and prehistoric times, as this region constitutes a crossroads linking the continents of the ancient world, which would bridge the gaps around the secrets of the natural and human history of the region.

And based on the role of Al-Ula and its historical importance in cultural exchange and trade on an international level, the Kingdoms Institute will become an academic center, a cultural platform for knowledge and exploration, and one of the pillars of the cultural structure of the region within the framework of the design vision “A Journey through Time” launched by the Crown Prince and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Royal Commission for Al-Ula Governorate Mohammed bin Salman, early this month.

The Kingdoms Institute, which was announced earlier this month, launched as part of the projects of the Royal Commission for Al-Ula Governorate, which in turn undertakes intensive research programs throughout the region, with the aim of expanding knowledge of the province’s human history, and previous archaeological missions will contribute to forming the intellectual basis that The institute is based on it, as a global center for archaeological research and means of preservation.

The doors of the permanent headquarters of the Kingdoms Institute will be opened to its first visitors by 2030, and it will take the form of red sandstone as an architectural structure, thus mimicking the huge building patterns of the Dadan civilization.

The Royal Commission for Al-Ula estimates that the institute will receive 838,000 visitors annually in 2035 at its permanent headquarters, which covers an area of ​​28,857 square meters, in the Dadan area of ​​Al-Ula.

Although the actual permanent headquarters of the institute is still in the planning phase, it has been practicing its activity as an effective research institution since the establishment of the Royal Commission for Al-Ula Governorate, where more than 100 specialists are practicing in the effects of exploration, surveying and conducting relevant studies throughout Al-Ula, through Seasonal fieldwork. At the same time, the institute’s group of researchers is registering a remarkable increase.

The discovery of a new type of millepede

Researchers from Tokyo Metropolitan University and Hosei University have discovered a new species of large tropical centipede, widely known as the millepede.

The herbivore is a type of multiplayer creeping, living in damp places near rivers and beaches, and its diet depends on night hunting for insects.

The newly discovered organism is the third amphibious centipede, meaning that it lives in both water and land. It has been identified in the world and is the largest in the region, with a length of 20 centimeters and a thickness of about two centimeters.

It is also the first new centipede to be recognized in Japan in 143 years and is evidence of the amazing biodiversity of the Ryukyu Archipelago.

The Ryukyu Archipelago is a group of islands located in the western Pacific Ocean, characterized by a unique environmental diversity, subtropical climate, and high rainfall.

The new species belongs to the genus of large tropical centipedes known as Scolopendra, one of the original races named after the great scientist who is the legitimate father of the modern classification Carl Linnaeus.

The genetic analysis confirmed that the new centipede differs from any of its species, and it is the largest species of centipedes found in Japan and Taiwan.

There are about 100 different species in the tropics around the world, of which only 5 have been identified in Japan and Taiwan.

Abu Dhabi leads the world in responding to the Corona pandemic

A study issued by the “Deep Knowledge Analytics” organization revealed that the cities are the safest from the threat of the pandemic and the best response to the “Covid 19” epidemic, during the first quarter of this year.

The study relied on big data that included several criteria such as vaccine distribution, treatment provision, transparency and governance.

The classification included 25 cities from different regions of the world, so the city of Abu Dhabi in the UAE was the best in the world.

The South Korean capital ranked second, Australian Sydney ranked third, and Singapore ranked fourth.

And the Canadian city of Ottawa ranked fifth, then the German capital Berlin in sixth place, in terms of responding to the Corona epidemic.

Indian actor Aamir Khan infected with Corona virus

The famous Indian actor Aamir Khan, 56, was infected with the Coronavirus, according to what his spokesman announced in a statement today, Wednesday.

NDTV quoted the spokesman as saying that Aamir is currently undergoing home isolation.

“Aamir Khan has been confirmed to be infected with the Coronavirus. He is currently undergoing isolation at his home, and he follows all health protocols and is in good health,” the statement reads.

In the statement, the spokesman called on all those who have communicated with the representative during the past days to undergo testing.

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