A Sudanese writer begins to suspect that one of his most idiosyncratic characters from a recent vel resembles - in an uncanny, terrifying way - a real person he has never met. Since he condemned this character to an untimely death in the vel, should he attempt to save this real man from a similar fate? Set in both sides of Khartoum - the bustling capital city and the neglected, poverty-stricken underbelly - this is a vel of unreliable narrators, of insane asylums and of the (dubious?) relationship between imagination and reality.
Amir Tag Elsir is a Sudanese writer and doctor. He studied medicine in Egypt and at the British Royal College of Medicine. He has published a number of novels, biographies and volumes of poetry. His novel The Grub Hunter (2010) was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction in 2011. He lives in Doha, Qatar.