"The Blue Manuscript" is the ultimate prize for any collector of
Islamic treasures. But does it still exist, and if so, can it be
found? In search of answers to these questions, an assortment of
archaeologists heads for a remote area of Egypt, where they work
with local villagers to excavate a promising site. But as social
and cultural preconceptions amongst both visitors and hosts start
to unravel, the mystery seems only to deepen and darken...What do
the fables of the village storyteller mean for the westerners, and
can their emotional equilibrium and scholarly integrity survive
exposure to the realities of the world they have studied from
afar?Interspersed with the testimony of the early medieval
calligrapher who created the "Blue Manuscript", Sabiha Al Khemir's
subtle, graceful narrative builds into a rich tapestry of human
love, hope, despair, greed, fear and betrayal. Intensified at every
turn by the uneasy relationship between Islam past and present, and
between Islam and the West, "The Blue Manuscript" is a novel which
will resonate long after the astonishing solution to its mystery
has finally been revealed.
|Country of origin:
Sabiha Al Khemir
||234 x 157 x 33mm (L x W x T)
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