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A Sleepless Eye
Aphorisms from the Sahara

Ibrahim al-Koni
Translated from the Arabic by Roger Allen

Cloth $14.95    |    978-0-8156-1034-2    |    2014

ebook 978-0-8156-5279-3


"These aphorisms are the unadorned poetry of deep meditation, the distilled wisdom of long communion with desert, sea, and wind. Here is the Gospel of environmentalism according to al-Koni, rendered in chaste English that diminishes none of its luster."—Waïl S. Hassan, Comparative and World Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

"A breathtaking distillation of the poetic and philosophic sensibility that makes al-Koni’s work as a whole so original."—Shawkat M. Toorawa, Near Eastern Studies, Cornell University

  A Sleepless Eye

  Ibrahim al-Koni was born in Libya in 1948. A Tuareg who writes in Arabic, he spent his childhood in the desert and learned to read and write Arabic when he was twelve. He studied comparative literature at the Gorky Institute in Moscow. He is the author of over eighty volumes, including novels, stories, and aphorisms, and has been translated into thirty-five languages. Roger Allen is Sascha Jane Patterson Harvie Professor of Social Thought and Comparative Ethics, School of Arts and Sciences, professor of Arabic and comparative literature, and chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania.

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