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The Resource The seven veils of Seth : a modern Arabic novel from Libya, Ibrahim al-Koni, translated by William M. Hutchins

The seven veils of Seth : a modern Arabic novel from Libya, Ibrahim al-Koni, translated by William M. Hutchins

Label
The seven veils of Seth : a modern Arabic novel from Libya
Title
The seven veils of Seth
Title remainder
a modern Arabic novel from Libya
Statement of responsibility
Ibrahim al-Koni, translated by William M. Hutchins
Creator
Contributor
Language
  • eng
  • ara
  • eng
Summary
"In the ancient Egyptian religion, Seth is the evil god who out of jealousy slays his brother Osiris, the good god of agriculture, to seize the throne. Seth is, however, also the god of the desert and therefore a benevolent champion of desert dwellers like the traditionally nomadic Kel Tamasheq, better known as the Tuareg. In The Seven Veils of Seth, the world-renowned, Libyan, Tuareg author Ibrahim al-Koni draws on the tension between these two opposing visions of Seth to create a novel that also provides a vivid account of daily life in a Tuareg oasis." "Isan, the novel's protagonist, is either Seth himself or a latter-day avatar. A desert-wandering seer and proponent of desert life, he settles for an extended stay in a fertile oasis. If Jack Frost, the personification of the arrival of winter, were to visit a tropical rain forest, the results might be similarly disastrous. Not surprisingly, since this is a novel by Ibrahim al-Koni, infanticide, uxoricide, serial adultery, betrayal, metamorphosis, murder by a proxy animal, ordinary murder, and a life-threatening chase through the desert all figure in the plot, although the novel is also an existential reflection on the purpose of human life." "Ibrahim al-Koni typically layers allusions in his works as if he were an artist adding a suggestion of depth to a painting by applying extra washes. Tuareg folklore, Egyptian mythology, Russian literature, and medieval European thought elbow each other for room on the page. One might expect a novel called The Seven Veils of Seth to be a heavy-handed allegory. Instead, the reader is left wondering. The truth is elusive, a mirage pulsing at the horizon."--BOOK JACKET
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Cataloging source
UKM
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Kūnī, Ibrāhīm
Dewey number
892.736
Index
no index present
Language note
In English translated from the Arabic
LC call number
PJ7842.U54
LC item number
B3413 2008
Literary form
novels
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Hutchins, William M
Series statement
Arab writers in translation
Label
The seven veils of Seth : a modern Arabic novel from Libya, Ibrahim al-Koni, translated by William M. Hutchins
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Contents
The visitor -- The messengers -- Questioning -- The others -- The embryos -- The interrogation -- The secret -- The right course -- The antidote -- The names -- The law -- Chaos -- Propitiatory sacrifice
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xvii, 297 p.
Isbn
9781859642023
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
System control number
  • ocn226281286
  • (OCoLC)226281286
Label
The seven veils of Seth : a modern Arabic novel from Libya, Ibrahim al-Koni, translated by William M. Hutchins
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Contents
The visitor -- The messengers -- Questioning -- The others -- The embryos -- The interrogation -- The secret -- The right course -- The antidote -- The names -- The law -- Chaos -- Propitiatory sacrifice
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xvii, 297 p.
Isbn
9781859642023
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
System control number
  • ocn226281286
  • (OCoLC)226281286

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