The Lanterns of the King of Galilee

Publishing House: The American University in Cairo Press

Publication Year: 2015

Genre: Novel

Number of Pages: 560

Set against the picturesque backdrop of Lake Tiberias in 18th-century Palestine, “The Lanterns of the King of Galilee” unfolds the visionary journey of Daher al-Umar al-Zaydani, a remarkable political and military figure. His audacious quest involves the establishment of an independent Arab state, a pursuit that pits him against the formidable Ottoman Empire, the reigning global power of his era. Central to Daher’s mission is the realization of fundamental principles—human dignity, justice, and religious tolerance—woven into the fabric of everyday life.

In this compelling narrative, Ibrahim Nasrallah, celebrated poet and novelist acclaimed for his Arabic Booker-shortlisted masterpiece, “Time of White Horses,” skillfully blends reality with fiction. The result is a tapestry of characters and events that vividly encapsulates a pivotal epoch in the intricate history of a land perpetually embroiled in conflict. Nasrallah’s storytelling prowess brings to life a gripping tale of love, loss, triumph, and treachery, offering readers a nuanced perspective on the complex dynamics that shaped Palestine.

As the plot unfolds, Nasrallah paints a vivid tableau of historical events, seamlessly interweaving the lives of both real and fictional characters. The narrative becomes a portal to a bygone era, providing readers with a glimpse into the challenges faced by Daher al-Umar al-Zaydani as he strives to defy the Ottoman juggernaut. Against this tumultuous backdrop, the novel explores the timeless themes of resilience, sacrifice, and the enduring quest for autonomy.

“The Lanterns of the King of Galilee” stands as a testament to Nasrallah’s ability to breathe life into history, creating a literary masterpiece that captures the essence of a land marked by centuries of contention. Through the pages of this captivating work, readers embark on a journey through a pivotal period, gaining insights into the struggles and triumphs that have defined the Palestinian narrative.

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