The Italian

Publishing House: Europa Editions

Publication Year: 2021

Genre: Novel

Number of Pages: 357

An Illustrative Tale of the Arab Spring’s Downfall. During his father’s funeral, Abdel Nasser shocked the attendees by assaulting the imam officiating the ceremony.

The narrator, a lifelong friend of Abdel Nasser, revisits the journey of “the Italian” from a carefree, rebellious youth to a student movement leader and then a renowned journalist.

Set against the backdrop of Tunisia’s years of intense change, turmoil, and suppression, is the tumultuous love affair between Abdel Nasser and Zeina, a gifted and stunning philosophy student.

Their dreams eventually crumble under the unyielding mechanisms of a corrupt and patriarchal society.

Abdel Nasser’s evolution from an optimistic young dreamer to a successful yet jaded journalist is expertly woven through a tapestry of anecdotes, digressions, and flashbacks, maintaining a consistently high narrative tension. Recipient of the 2015 International Prize for Arabic Fiction.

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