The Djinn's Apple (häftad)
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Winner of English PEN Translates 2021
Neem Tree Press Limited
Sawad Hussain
196 x 127 x 18 mm
136 g
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The Djinn's Apple

Häftad,  Arabiska, 2024-02-29
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Historical fiction meets crime fiction in The Djinn's Apple, an award-winning YA murder mystery set in the Abbasid periodthe golden age of Baghdad. A ruthless murder. A magical herb. A mysterious manuscript. When Nardeens home is stormed by angry men frantically in search of somethingor someoneshe is the only one who manages to escape. And after the rest of her family is left behind and murdered, Nardeen sets out on an unyielding mission to bring her familys killers to justice, regardless of the cost
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"Djamila Moranis The Djinns Apple takes place in Baghdad in the Abbasid period, during the rule of Harun Al-Rashid (786809). Part crime novel, part historical fiction, The Djinns Apple follows gutsy Nardeen as she seeks to discover who wanted her father deadand why. Djamila Morani is an Algerian writer who works as a teacher of Arabic language and literature. She is the author of The Djinns Apple and Crown of Sin."Words Without Borders "In this fast-paced murder mystery set in eighth-century Baghdad, girl detective meets One Thousand and One Nights. For readers of all ages who like romance, mystery, and a young heroine who insists that girls can shape their own lives."Marcia Lynx Qualey, founding editor of ArabLit and translator of Black Foam Sawads pacy, energetic translation makes this a real page-turner. Its heartening to have a feisty female protagonist in this historical thriller that gives a fascinating insight into life in Baghdads Golden Age.Ros Schwartz, translator of Antoine de Saint-Exupry's The Little Prince "The Djinn's Apple delicately mines a woman's experience of a dark chapter of history. By turns poignant and insightful, Morani's novel offers a sizzling tale of secrets, treachery and human suffering. A rare, refreshing treat."Taha Kehar, author of Typically Tanya and No Funeral for Nazia This fast-paced mystery novel had me rattling through the pages to discover who killed Nardeens family, and why. The Djinns Apple raises important questions about justice, science and womens education. It provides exactly the right amount of historical detail to leave curious readers eager to explore further for themselves. I read it in a single sitting.Susan C Wilson, author of The House of Atreus: Clytemnestra's Bind "A beautifully written murder mystery which is a window on another world. The story is a page turner, propelled along by the narrator Nardeen, a spirited teenager, as she deals with love and loss. Although the story is set in Baghdad during the time of One Thousand and One Nights, it shines a light on justice, health, and women's roles both then and now."Amanda Addison, author of Boundless Sky and Looking for Lucie "What a thrill this novel is. Every chapter brings new excitement. I was swept away by the vivid world-building and intriguing characters... and I did not expect the ending! I'll be recommending to friends and family of all ages."Anam Zafar, translator of Yoghurt and Jam: Or How My Mother Became Lebanese (winner of a PEN Translates Award 2023) "Morani weaves a compact and compelling tale of revenge, intrigue, and moral ambiguity with a fascinating historical setting. An engrossing mystery with a haunting and convincing conclusion."Kirkus Reviews "Morani has made full use of a rich and gripping history to create this fiction, resulting in the vivid depiction of a period where magic, religion, politics, science, and culture could all intertwine in ones own life."Asymptote Journal "The Djinn's Apple is quite unlike any other murder mystery Ive read. With blood curdling killings, an intricate revenge plot, and unexpected romance, Morani packs a lot into this fast-paced story readers will want to devour in one go!"Johanna McCalmont, co-editor of World Kid Lit and translator of Just To See and Kaleidoscope Club "The Djinn's Apple is a beautifully written YA read. Secret potions, an unfamiliar Baghdad setting, and the hint of enchantment had me turning the pages long into the night. Nardeen's struggle for acceptance, and answers, combined with the need to follow her heart had me rooting for her (and holding my breath) from start to finish. Such rich storytelling with some terrific twists and surprises; this was a truly unforgettable read."Angela Kecojevic, author of Scareground and

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Djamila Morani is an Arabic-speaking Algerian novelist and a professor of Arabic language and literature. She writes fast-paced historical fiction set in the Abbasid periodthe golden age of Baghdad. Djamila lives in Relizane, in the west of Algeria. Sawad Hussain is an Arabic-to-English translator whose work has been recognised by English PEN, the Anglo-Omani Society and the Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation, among others. She is a judge for the Palestine Book Awards and the 2023 National Translation Award. She has run translation workshops under the auspices of Shadow Heroes, Africa Writes, Shubbak Festival, the Yiddish Book Center, the British Library and the National Centre for Writing. Sawad has been selected to be the Princeton Translator in Residence in 2025.