Wajdi Al-Ahdal has written a surreal detective story that is both lucid and spare, yet strips away the deceits of Arab life and satirises illogical attitudes. It brings to mind the writing style of Haruki Murakami and his 'Kafka on the Shore'... Anyone seeking an insight into life in Arab culture should read this. It is not comfortable reading, but it is powerful, poignant writing at it s best and the only shame is that this is so briefly told. ----Sam Hawksmoor, Hackwriters
An Occult Tale of Sexuality in Yemen... The 82-page novella touches on several themes that have put Ahdal s life on the line in the past. Namely, involving sex. His 2002 novel Mountain Boats was banned in Yemen for what the Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram described as using Quranic expressions in describing sexual scenes. He fled to Lebanon and didn t return to Yemen until 2010 when he was guaranteed protection by the president. --Leah Caldwell , Al-Akhbar English
About the Author
Wajdi al-Ahdal is a Yemeni novelist, author of short stories, screenwriter and dramatist. Born in 1973, he received a degree in literature from Sanaa University. He won the Afif prize for the short story in 1997, a gold medal for a dramatic text in the Festival for Arab Youth in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1998, and the youth prize of the President of the Republic of Yemen for a short story in 1999. He is currently employed in Dar al-Kutub, the National Library in Sanaa.