Translated by Humphrey Davies
As a fourteen-year-old, Nasir was entranced by his father’s gift of a camera, finding in it the means both to possess beauty and to assert himself. Now a hack working for state television, Nasir meets Fatin, an independent woman older than himself who has escaped a suffocating marriage and is secure in taking what she wants from life. An affair begins that quickly pulls Nasir into a whirlwind of incandescent erotic and emotional obsession.
In a world of superficiality, materialism, violence, and sexual hysteria seen through the unforgiving lens of his camera, Nasir’s life is in limbo. A yearning for escape and a fear of loneliness propel him into a relationship in which he is at once enraptured and non-committal. The resolution of this volatile mix lies in a violent confrontation between repulsion and desire.
Black Magic was awarded the prestigious Sawiris Foundation Prize in Egyptian Literature in 2006.
“Through the power of his imaginative black magic, Hamdy el-Gazzar resurrects slumbering art forms with a skill rarely seen in a young writer.”—Salah Fadl, Al-Ahram
“A new vision in narrative writing . . . . A novel of such elegance and intimacy is to be truly saluted.”—Mahmud Qurani, al-Quds al-‘Arabi
- March 1st 2014
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