( Arabic - Taqs ( طقس ) - 2015 )

novel by Amir Tag Elsir

translated by William Maynard Hutchins

Published: Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing - trade paperback - 2015
ISBN: 9927101899 / 9789927101892

Hamad Bin Khalifa University Press - e-book - 2016
eISBN: 9927118066 / 9789927118067

A Sudanese writer begins to suspect that one of his most idiosyncratic characters from a recent novel resembles – in an uncanny and terrifying way – a real person he has never met. Since he condemned this character to an untimely death in the novel, should he attempt to save this real man from a similar fate?
There follows a terrifying journey through the unsettled mind of an author who loses control over his own creations and sense of reality. Set in both sides of Khartoum – the bustling capital city and the neglected, poverty-stricken underbelly – this is a novel of unreliable narrators, of insane asylums and of the dubious relationship between imagination and reality.


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