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Sunset Oasis

by Bahaa Taher, translated by Humphrey Davies
£7.99   paperback  Hodder & Stoughton General Division (2010)

Sunset Oasis by Bahaa Taher, translated by Humphrey Davies As the 19th century draws to a close, the politically disgraced Mahmoud Abd El Zahir takes up his post as District Commissioner of the remote and dangerous Egyptian oasis of Siwa, knowing he has no choice. The hostile, warring natives are no surprise – but little did he expect to fall in love, his Irish wife to alienate the entire community, or a local beauty to prove a fatal ally. As the gulf between occupier and occupied, husband and wife, dreams and reality widens, tensions reach boiling point.

"A boldly imaginative exploration of Egypt’s tragic history, and takes us back to the imperial dreams of Alexander the Great, suggesting parallels with the dreams of Bush and Bush. Taher’s voice is sombre, wise and lyrical."
(Margaret Drabble, Times Literary Supplement Books of the Year)

ISBN 13: 9780340924884 | ISBN 10: 0340924888