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Maps of the Soul - Ahmed Fagih
Maps of the Soul
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Othman al-Sheikh is running away from the shadows of his past life in a small dusty village in the Libyan Desert. Tripoli, meanwhile, is a city in the process of transformation, moulded to the will of its Italian colonisers. Its decadent entertainments and extravagant riches conceal an underbelly... show more
Othman al-Sheikh is running away from the shadows of his past life in a small dusty village in the Libyan Desert. Tripoli, meanwhile, is a city in the process of transformation, moulded to the will of its Italian colonisers. Its decadent entertainments and extravagant riches conceal an underbelly of abject poverty and ruthless plotting. Othman falls for the city and its temptations. With a natural instinct for survival, he tries his luck in the capital, swept along by chance and opportunity.

Set in the early 1930s, Maps of the Soul immerses the reader in a different Libya, a country emerging from fierce resistance wars and presided over by the charismatic colonialist Italo Balbo with his dreams of a new Rome on the Fourth Shore, the crowning glory of the fascist dream. Against this backdrop, the story unfolds, one of painful survival in the face of defeated dreams. This volume contains the first three books of Fagih’s monumental twelve part work, ending as Othman finally leaves Tripoli behind, a city at the mercy of political wrangling and war.

About the Author
Ahmed Fagih is a renowned Libyan novelist and playwright, born in Libya, 1942. His first collection of short fiction in Arabic was published in 1965. Gardens of the Night, his award winning trilogy, was published in English translation in 1995. His other works include several collections of short stories, plays and essays. Maps of the Soul is a twelve part novel, published in the Arabic original in 2009. This edition presents parts one to three in the first ever English translation. Fagih lives between Tripoli and Cairo.
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Format: Kindle Edition
ISBN: 9781850772750
ASIN: B00NHTR81U
Publisher: Darf Publishers
Pages no: 458
Edition language: English
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