About the Hoopoe Fiction logo

Messenger of contemporary Arabic fiction in translation

A hoopoe is a beautiful bird found across the Middle East, known for its
distinctive crown of black and chestnut feathers. Like the cuckoo, its name
is derived from its unique call.

In his famous epic The Conference of the Birds, Sufi poet Farid ud-Din Attar
casts the hoopoe as the leader of all birds and the storyteller on the flock’s
quest for enlightenment.

In the Qur’an the hoopoe is depicted as a trusted messenger, carrying
messages between Solomon and the Queen of Sheba; while in ancient
Egypt the hoopoe was sacred and was a symbol of the heir apparent
to the throne.


Posted on 26/09/2016 in FICTION Crime, FICTION General, FICTION Historical, FICTION Literary, FICTION Political, FICTION Religious, FICTION Thrillers, Noir, tagged as fiction in translation, Hoopoe Fiction, Middle East, novels, world fiction


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