Black Magic : An Egyptian Novel Paperback / softback
As a fourteen-year-old, Nasir was entranced by his father's gift of a camera, finding in it the means both to possess beauty and to assert himself.
Now a hack working for state television, Nasir meets Fatin, an independent woman older than himself who has escaped a suffocating marriage and is secure in taking what she wants from life.
An affair begins that quickly pulls Nasir into a whirlwind of incandescent erotic and emotional obsession.
In a world of superficiality, materialism, violence, and sexual hysteria seen through the unforgiving lens of his camera, Nasir's life is in limbo.
A yearning for escape and a fear of loneliness propel him into a relationship in which he is at once enraptured and non-committal.
The resolution of this volatile mix lies in a violent confrontation between repulsion and desire.
Black Magic was awarded the prestigious Sawiris Foundation Prize in Egyptian Literature in 2006.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 192 pages
- Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press
- Publication Date: 30/11/2013
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9789774166266