The Museum of Souls


Publishing House: Nova Plus for Publishing and Distribution

Publication Year: 2015

Genre: Novel

Number of Pages: 181

The novel “The Museum of Souls” is a thrilling and suspenseful horror novel by the Kuwaiti author Abdulwahab Al-Sayyid Ali Al-Rifai , known for his distinctive style. In this novel, he tells the story of a girl who returns to her family after being away for four years studying in the United States, only to live with her grandfather. This grandfather, whom her father had disowned in his lifetime, presents her with a terror unlike anything she has ever known.

Abdulwahab Al-Sayyid Ali Al-Rifai pays meticulous attention in his novel “The Museum of Souls” to crafting the narrative in a manner that invites the reader to anticipate and contemplate the future unfolding of the story’s pages.

With an enchanting ability, Abdulwahab Al-Sayyid Ali Al-Rifai masterfully sketches a collection of enigmatic questions and mysterious symbols, prompting the reader to ponder further about the depiction of the forthcoming scenes. However, the author breaks the anticipated in the final scenes, leaving the reader bewildered. This is another point to the credit of the author, making the novel “The Museum of Souls” significant and a valuable addition to Arabic literature.

Additionally, the writing in “The Museum of Souls” is simple and captivating, urging the reader to finish it quickly. The novel also includes glimpses of Kuwaiti history and various light and diverse pieces of information, most of which are medical in nature, on the sidelines.

The novel “The Museum of Souls” addresses the issue of exposing the secrets of an old Kuwaiti house by employing the character of the narrator, a young Kuwaiti woman who returns from the United States after a tiring academic life, only to find herself in a different world without a place to shelter, especially with her siblings preoccupied in their own worlds. This forces her to reside in her grandfather’s house, the main protagonist of the novel.

The events take place in an old house inhabited only by a maid and a nurse for a man whose life is sustained only by his breaths. He is a man with a dark past to the extent that his son had disowned him and established his own life because he was accused of practicing necromancy, one of the most heinous forms of sorcery imaginable.

In the early hours at the house, “Sagheera” discovers a room containing five wax statues believed to be representations of the deceased whose souls were extinguished in the same place. Making matters worse, the statues move from their positions and wander around the house in a terrifying manner. The events continue to unfold, revealing the truth about the grandfather and the secret behind what is happening.

Abdulwahab Al-Sayyid Ali Al-Rifai relied on crafting scenes within the text of the novel “The Museum of Souls,” transforming the house into a frightening museum. The narrative event continues to complicate and intensify with each page, adding a splendid aesthetic that invites the reader to continue reading, especially since the author utilized a smooth language devoid of complexity and relied on footnotes to provide further clarification for the readers. Moreover, the author extensively researched psychological sources before writing the novel, allowing him to write with such agility and intricacy.

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