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Heads Ripe Plucking

Beheadings, both literal and metaphorical are the subject of the six stories in Heads Ripe Plucking. The narrative takes us from the most archetypal beheading in Arabo-Islamic history, that of al-Husayn, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, via the torture of communists in Nasser's detention camps, and the meanderings of a Cairene teenager unwittingly caught in the bread riots of 1977. Mahmoud Al-Wardani's novel garnered critical acclaim for its experimentation with language and its excavation of alternative histories.

Mahmoud Al-Wardani, born in Cairo in 1950, is a writer and cultural journalist. He is the author of six novels and three collections of short stories.

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