THE TILLER OF WATERS
by Hoda Barakat
‘A powerful story of humanity, of what should be, or should have been, protected. Barakat… weaves and intertwines, page after page, reality with history, past and present.’ – Al Fadid
2015 Man Booker International Prize Finalist
Winner of the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature
This spellbinding novel narrates the many-layered recollections of a hallucinating man in devastated Beirut. The desolate, almost surreal, urban landscape is enriched by the unfolding of the family sagas of Niqula Mitri and his beloved Shamsa, the Kurdish maid. Mitri reminisces about his Egyptian mother and his father who came back to settle in Beirut after a long stay in Egypt. Shamsa in turn relates her story, the myriad adventures of her parents and grand-parents who moved from Iraqi Kurdistan to Beirut.
October 2004| £7.99| 175 pp| Paperback | 9781906697082