Sunset Oasis

Author: Bahaa Taher

Publishing House: McClelland & Stewart

Publication Year: 2009

Genre: Novel

Number of Pages: 320

The recipient of the inaugural “Arabic Booker Prize”, “Sunset Oasis” unfolds a compelling historical narrative in late 19th-century Egypt. Mahmoud, a fallen Egyptian officer, receives an assignment in the isolated desert locale of Siwa. Motivated by an obsession with unraveling the mysteries of Alexander the Great, his Irish spouse chooses to accompany him. However, the couple, unprepared for the unforgiving climate and the animosity of local residents, becomes entangled in extraordinary and unsettling events within the surreal atmosphere of Sunset Oasis.

Skillfully weaving elements of mystery and unfulfilled desires, the narrative unfolds against the backdrop of a foreign and time-bound setting. The tale invites readers to navigate the complexities of Mahmoud and his spouse’s journey as they grapple with both the harsh physical environment and the enigmatic events unfolding in Siwa. The novel masterfully captures the clash between personal aspirations and the challenges posed by an unfamiliar landscape and its inhabitants.

Transitioning seamlessly between the scorching desert of Siwa and the characters’ internal struggles, “Sunset Oasis” becomes a captivating exploration of historical intricacies and human desires. The author’s storytelling prowess guides readers through a narrative that transcends geographical and temporal boundaries, offering a glimpse into a world where mystery and history converge. Through Mahmoud and his spouse, the novel delves into the universal themes of obsession, resilience, and the quest for understanding within a rich historical and cultural tapestry.

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