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Alif the Unseen
 
 
Author
G. Willow Wilson.
Publisher Corvus  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 6.25 x 1.35 inches
ISBN 9780857895660
Pages/Publication Date 431/2012
Daedalus Item Code 40133
List Price: Import
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(Nominated for the 2013 Women's Prize For Fiction—formerly the Orange Prize) "I will tell you a story, but it comes with a warning; when you hear it, you will become someone else." The young hero calls himself Alif—few people know his real name—and he was born in a Middle Eastern city that straddles the ancient and modern worlds. He falls in love with the aristocratic Intisar, but their relationship has no future, as she is promised to another man. As a remembrance, Intisar sends the heartbroken Alif a mysterious book entitled The Thousand and One Days. Alif soon discovers that this gift is a door to another world, from a very different time, when old magic was in the ascendant and the djinn walked amongst us.

"An exhilarating techno-thriller but also far more than that.... Wilson has created in this rich, literate novel a profound dialogue between tradition and modernity, belief and non-belief, fairy tale and urban reality.—Guardian (London)

"G. Willow Wilson has a deft hand with myth and with magic, and the kind of smart, honest writing mind that knits together and bridges cultures and people. You should read what she writes."—Neil Gaiman

 
 
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