The Book Smuggler

Publishing House: Hoopoe

Publication Year: 2021

Genre: Novel

Number of Pages: 560

“The Book Smuggler,” a recipient of the prestigious Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature, unfolds an enthralling saga following Mazid al-Hanafi, a scribe and bookseller from a secluded village in the Arabian Desert. Fueled by an insatiable love for books, Mazid becomes entangled in a covert network of book traffickers. His relentless quest for knowledge propels him through the celebrated intellectual hubs of his time—Baghdad, Jerusalem, Cairo, Kairouan, Granada, and Cordoba—where he encounters a rich tapestry of ideas, sects, and philosophies, as well as the conflicts and complexities that marked the Islamic Golden Age.

In a masterful narrative, Omaima Al-Khamis transports readers back in time through her vivid portrayal of historic cities and cultures. This novel “The Book Smuggler” not only revives a bygone era but also resonates with intellectual debates and struggles that remain relevant today. As Mazid’s journey unfolds, the author skillfully weaves a narrative that explores the interplay between knowledge, cultural exchange, and the enduring quest for intellectual enlightenment. The novel becomes a captivating exploration of the Islamic Golden Age, capturing the spirit of a time when ideas flourished, and diverse cultures intersected to create a tapestry of intellectual richness. Through Mazid’s encounters and experiences, Al-Khamis invites readers to reflect on the timeless relevance of intellectual pursuits and the enduring impact of ideas across different epochs.

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