The Longing of the Dervish

Hammour Ziada

Translated by Jonathan Wright

"Ziada constructs, in exquisitely lyrical language, the story of Bakheet’s love for the white woman who finds solace in his company but cannot imagine marrying a slave."
—Financial Times

The Longing of the Dervish

The Longing of the Dervish

Hammour Ziada
Translated by Jonathan Wright

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At the close of the nineteenth century, freed slave Bakhit is let out of prison with the overthrow of the Mahdist state in Sudan. On the brink of death, the memory of his beloved Theodora is all that has sustained him through seven years of grim incarceration—that and his vow to avenge her killing.

Set against a backdrop of war, religious fervor, and the monumental social and political upheavals of the time, The Longing of the Dervish is a love story in the most unlikely of circumstances.

Lyrical and evocative, Hammour Ziada’s masterfully crafted novel is about sorrow, hope, and the cruelty of fate.

 

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"Neither starry-eyed nor cynical, Ziada constructs, in exquisitely lyrical language, the story of Bakheet’s love for the white woman who finds solace in his company but cannot imagine marrying a slave. A rich and sensitive novel, "Longing of the Dervish" reflects on tolerance, prejudice and freedom in ways that transcend its historic setting."
—Financial Times

"Explores a seminal moment in the region's history"
—The Guardian

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Author

Hammour Ziada

Hammour Ziada was born in Umm Durman, Sudan in 1977. He has worked as a civil society and human rights researcher, and is currently a journalist based in Cairo. He is the author of two novels and two collections of short stories. The Longing of the Dervish was awarded the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature in 2014 and was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction in 2015.

Translator of the winning novel in the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and winner of the Saif Ghobash–Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation, Jonathan Wright was formerly the Reuters bureau chief in Cairo. He has translated Alaa Al-Aswany, Youssef Ziedan, and Hassan Blassim. He lives in London, UK.

Hammour Ziada - حمور زيادة - International Prize For Arabic Fiction: 2015 Shortlist from IPAF

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  • September 15th 2016
  • $17.95 / £9.99 / LE120
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9789774167881
  • Also available as: eBook

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