Chewing Gum Paperback
Young Mukhtar is frozen in time, gazing at his beloved Fatma as she disappears into the streets of Tripoli, destined to a life of prostitution.
Around these young lovers, Bushnaf weaves a compelling network of images: a litter- strewn park, a bewitching Italian statue and a fluttering red scarf.
Through these images, imbued with social, historical and existential import, Bushnaf paints a dark portrait of a country in crisis and an individual, alone at the centre of conflicting ideologies, all attempting to explain his existence away. With its satirical and semi-journalistic style, Chewing Gum is an existential quest to understand how a society exists beneath a repressive dictatorship.
The rhythmic act of chewing relentlessly continues as individuals, time and land turn to waste.
In this debut novel, no one escapes the critical gaze of a writer who witnessed first-hand the brutality of Gaddafi's regime.
At times downright funny and at times poignantly sad, Chewing Gum depicts the academics, politicians and businessmen of Libya who all claim a monopoly on the truth of the country but who all, inevitably, fail the individual.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 126 pages
- Publisher: Darf Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/06/2014
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781850772729