New Waw, Saharan Oasis by Ibrahim al-Koni

New Waw, Saharan Oasis

byIbrahim al-KoniTranslated byWilliam M. Hutchins

Paperback | January 15, 2014 | Arabic

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Winner, National Translation Award, American Literary Translators Association, 2015

Upon the death of their leader, a group of Tuareg, a nomadic Berber community whose traditional homeland is the Sahara Desert, turns to the heir dictated by tribal custom; however, he is a poet reluctant to don the mantle of leadership. Forced by tribal elders to abandon not only his poetry but his love, who is also a poet, he reluctantly serves as leader. Whether by human design or the meddling of the Spirit World, his death inspires his tribe to settle down permanently, abandoning not only nomadism but also the inherited laws of the tribe. The community they found, New Waw, which they name for the mythical paradise of the Tuareg people, is also the setting of Ibrahim al-Koni’s companion novel, The Puppet.

For al-Koni, this Tuareg tale of the tension between nomadism and settled life represents a choice faced by people everywhere, in many walks of life, as a result of globalism. He sees an inevitable interface between myth and contemporary life.

About The Author

Born in 1948, Ibrahim al-Koni is an award-winning Arabic-language novelist and has already published more than seventy volumes. A Tuareg whose mother tongue is Tamasheq, he was educated in Moscow and now lives in Spain. He is one of the prime authorities on Tuareg culture and folklore. William M. Hutchins, Professor in the Philosophy...
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Title:New Waw, Saharan OasisFormat:PaperbackDimensions:166 pages, 8.55 × 5.5 × 0.45 inPublished:January 15, 2014Publisher:Center for Middle Eastern and North African StudiesLanguage:Arabic

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ISBN - 10:0292754752

ISBN - 13:9780292754751

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • New Waw
  • I. The Winged People
  • II. The Prophecy
  • III. The Departure
  • IV. The Chaplet
  • V. The Successor
  • VI. The Lover
  • VII. The Dyadic Bird of the Spirit World
  • VIII. The Western Hammada
  • IX. Forgetfulness
  • X. The Crow
  • XI. The Dagger’s Secret
  • XII. The Torrents
  • XIII. The Sacrifice
  • XIV. New Waw
  • About the Author

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" So too, perhaps, the tales in New Waw are purely experiential, without some coded meaning, offering a taste of that desert beyond the Law. This is writing in a different light, offering a view of a new horizon" - Rain Taxi - 20140725