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The moufflon, a wild sheep prized for its meat, continues to survive in the remote mountain desert of southern Libya. Only Asouf, a lone bedouin who cherishes the desert and identifies with its creatures, knows exactly where it is to be found. Now he and the moufflon together come under threat from hunters who have already slaughtered the once numerous desert gazelles. The novel combines pertinent ecological issues with a moving portrayal of traditional desert life and of the power of the human spirit to resist.
About the Author
One of the Arab world’s most important writers, Ibrahim al-Koni has been called a master of magical realism and the evocation of the desert. He has distinguished himself for being brilliantly able to create so many ramifications around the simple world of the desert in Western Libya, proving as few have that human nature and the human condition are the same everywhere. He now lives in Europe. This is his first novel to be translated into English.
"A winning combination of ecological fable, political statement, and lyrical lament for the past."
"A strong ecological message. Harshly critical...discusses at length the mess man has made of the planet...Ibrahim al-Koni has created a moving tale of dreams and nightmares, reflection and violence, greed and gluttony, wonder and terror. Considered by many to be Libya's leading novelist, al-Koni is a master of magical realism and the evocation of the desert. This is his first novel to be translated into English. Hopefully, it will soon be followed by many more."