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- DescriptionThe Scarecrow is the final volume of Ibrahim al-Koni's Oasis trilogy, which chronicles the founding, flourishing, and decline of a Saharan oasis. Fittingly, this continuation of a tale of greed and corruption opens with a meeting of the conspirators who assassinated the community's leader at the end of the previous vel, The Puppet. They punished him for opposing the use of gold in business transactions-a symptom of a critical break with their madic past-and w they must search for a leader who shares their fetishistic love of gold. A desert retreat inspires the group to select a leader at random, but their choice, it appears, is t entirely human. This interloper from the spirit world proves a self-righteous despot, whose intolerance of humanity presages disaster for an oasis besieged by an international alliance. Though al-Koni has repeatedly stressed that he is t a political author, readers may see parallels t only to a former Libyan ruler but to other tyrants-past and present-who appear as hollow as a scarecrow.
- Author BiographyBorn in 1948, Ibrahim al-Koni is an award-winning Arabic-language novelist and has already published more than seventy volumes. A Tuareg whose mother tongue is Tamasheq, he was educated in Moscow and now lives in Spain. He is one of the prime authorities on Tuareg culture and folklore.
- Author(s)Ibrahim Al-Koni
- PublisherUniversity of Texas Press
- Date of Publication15/07/2015
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Series TitleCMES Modern Middle East Literatures in Translation Series
- Place of PublicationAustin, TX
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Texas Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight681 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine8 mm
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