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The Puppet : CMES Modern Middle East Literatures in Translation - Ibrahim Al-Koni

The Puppet

CMES Modern Middle East Literatures in Translation

Paperback Published: 1st November 2010
ISBN: 9780292723351
Number Of Pages: 129

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The Puppet, a mythic tale of greed and political corruption, traces the rise, flourishing, and demise of a Saharan oasis community. Aghulli, a noble if obtuse man who has been chosen leader of the oasis, hankers after the traditional nomadic pastoralist life of the Tuareg. He sees commerce (understood as including trade in gold, marriage, agriculture, and even recreation) as the prime culprit in the loss of the nomadic ethos. Thus he is devastated to learn that his supporters are hoarding gold.

The novel's title notwithstanding, the author has stressed repeatedly that he is not a political author. He says that The Puppet portrays a good man who has been asked to lead a corrupt society. The subplot about star-crossed young lovers introduces a Sufi theme of the possibility of transforming carnal into mystical love. The Puppet, though, is first and foremost a gripping, expertly crafted tale of bloody betrayal and revenge inspired by gold lust and an ancient love affair.

Introductionp. vii
The Puppet
The She-Jinnip. 1
The Puppetp. 10
The Judgmentp. 29
The Pursep. 47
The Campaignp. 57
The Punishmentp. 66
The Wretchp. 76
The Conspiracyp. 89
The Gamep. 98
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ISBN: 9780292723351
ISBN-10: 0292723350
Series: CMES Modern Middle East Literatures in Translation
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 129
Published: 1st November 2010
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 0.8
Weight (kg): 0.2