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Homeless Rats by Ahmed Fagih


Homeless Rats by Ahmed Fagih

Under the intolerable mid-day sun a troupe of Bedouins set up camp on land previously ruled by desert creatures: long-legged rats, who bury themselves in tunnels to escape the heat, snakes who lurk in the shade, wise old tortoises, wolves, and armies of ants. As the humans begin to search for food, a battle for survival begins. While the animals and humans fight, the humans also clash with a rival travelling family who have set up camp nearby. Neither hunger nor marriage succeeds in uniting the two families and their conflicting customs, but when disaster strikes in this little patch of desert it is time for everyone -humans, rats, snakes, wolves and insects - to unite as one, under the same burning sky.

About the Author

Ahmed Fagih was born in Mizda, an oasis village south of Tripoli, Libya. The most prolific writer of his generation in Libya, al-Faqih has published eighteen books, ranging from plays and short stories to novels and non-fiction essays. He has served as the chairman of The Arab Cultural Trust, the general secretary of Libya's Union of Writers and Artists, and the director of Libya's National Institute of Drama and Music. He is the author of the award winning trilogy Gardens of the Night.

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Publication date

29th September 2011


Ahmed Fagih

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Quartet Books


203 pages


Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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