Black Magic : An Egyptian Novel, Paperback / softback Book

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.




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