The Longing of the Dervish
Translated by Jonathan Wright
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.
— Hoopoe (@HoopoeFiction) September 18, 2016
"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."
"Explores a seminal moment in the region's history"
- September 15th 2016
- $17.95 / £9.99 / LE120
- Format: Paperback
- ISBN: 9789774167881
- Also available as: eBook