A Tuareg youth ventures into trackless desert on a life-threatening quest to find the father he remembers only as a shadow from his childhood, but the spirit world frustrates and tests his resolve.
For a time, he is rewarded with the Eden of a lost oasis, but eventually, as new settlers crowd in, its destiny mimics the rise of human civilization. The Libyan Tuareg author Ibrahim al-Koni, who has earned a reputation as a major figure in Arabic literature with his many novels and collections of short stories, has used Tuareg folklore about Anubis, the ancient Egyptian god of the underworld, to craft a novel that is both a lyrical evocation of the desert's beauty and a chilling narrative in which thirst, incest, patricide, animal metamorphosis, and human sacrifice are more than plot devices.
In this novel, fantastic mythology becomes universal, specific, and modern.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 208 pages
- Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press
- Publication Date: 28/02/2014
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9789774166365