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Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson
  

Alif the Unseen

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Winner of the 2013 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel.

A glorious rollercoaster ride through myth, cyberspace, love and revolution, Alif the Unseen mixes ancient magic with modern adventure to create an extraordinary story. With shades of Neal Stephenson, Neil Gaiman, Philip Pullman, and The Thousand and One Nights, Alif the Unseen is a tour de force debut—a sophisticated melting pot of ideas, philosophy, religion, technology and spirituality smuggled inside an irresistible page-turner.


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Synopsis

Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson

I will tell you a story, but it comes with a warning; when you hear it, you will become someone else. He calls himself Alif, a young man born in a Middle Eastern city that straddles the ancient and modern. When Alif comes into possession of a mysterious book entitled The Thousand and One Days, he discovers a door to another world - a world from a very different time, when old magic was in the ascendant and the djinn walked amongst us. Thus begins an adventure that takes him through the crumbling streets of a once-beautiful city, to uncover the long-forgotten mysteries of the Unseen. Alif is about to become a fugitive. And he is about to unleash a destructive power that will change everything and everyone - starting with Alif himself...

Reviews

An exhilarating techno-thriller but also far more than that... Wilson has created in this rich, literate novel a profound dialogue between tradition and modernity, belief and non-belief, fairy tale and urban reality. * Guardian * Brilliant... witty, imaginative and unorthodox in all senses * Observer * Among the most original and challenging books of 2012, and my personal pick for at least one major award in 2013. * Guardian * Charming and original * Sunday Telegraph * Wilson writes beautifully, tells a great story, and even makes computer hackery seem like magic. * Sunday Times * A Harry Potter-ish action-adventure romance [that] unfolds against the backdrop of the Arab Spring... Improbably charming... A bookload of wizardry and glee. * New York Times * Marvelous... Intoxicating... Hugely entertaining... It doesn't take magical powers to predict it will be one of the year's best-loved books. * Washington Post *


About the Author

G. Willow Wilson

G. Willow Wilson was born in New Jersey in 1982. She has written for politics and culture blogs across the political spectrum, and has previously written a graphic novel, Cairo, and a series of comics based on her own experiences living in Egypt during the Arab Spring. Alif the Unseen is her first novel.

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Book Info

Publication date

6th June 2013

Author

G. Willow Wilson

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Publisher

Atlantic Books

Format

Paperback
448 pages

Categories

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780857895691

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