When it is reported that he has violated the sanctity of his employer's own house, the whole town, with the butcher and Shaykh Saadoun, the pretending Sufi, in the lead, rises to avenge itself and publicly humiliate and ridicule Houda. The elaborate ruse planned by the butcher and the shaykh, playing on Houda' s hopes, dreams, and fantasies, is foolproof-but while Houda may be a dreamer, he is certainly no fool.
This original, satiric novel, introducing the reader to every public and private corner in the life of a small town, is both a daring critique of contemporary Egyptian reality and a thoroughly good read, a remarkable novel of sustained carnivalesque suspense and wicked black humor that marks the arrival of a true literary talent.
Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press
Number of pages: 144
Weight: 272 g
Dimensions: 224 x 145 x 10 mm
"Abu-Rayya seems at his accomplished best in this novel . . . He has given his usual theme a vital, almost theatrical edge, investing the narrative with the qualities of good entertainment."--Al-Ahram Weekly
"Abu Rayya's talent comes in creating a web of characters that bring the small, sleepy town in the Delta to life."--Aida Nassar, The Daily Star
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