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Anubis

Fantastic mythology becomes universal, specific, and modern in Anubis. The Libyan Tuareg author Ibrahim al-Koni has used Tuareg folklore about Anubis, the ancient Egyptian god of the underworld, to craft a novel that is both a lyrical evocation of the desert's beauty and a chilling narrative in which thirst, incest, patricide, animal metamorphosis, and human sacrifice are more than plot devices.

Ibrahim al-Koni was born in Libya in 1948. A Tuareg who writes in Arabic, he studied comparative literature at the Gorky Institute in Moscow and then worked as a journalist in Moscow and Warsaw. In 2010, he received the Arab Novel Award and dedicated the value of the prize to the children of the Tuareg tribes from which he originally hails. William Maynard Hutchins, the principal translator of Naguib Mahfouz's Cairo Trilogy (AUC Press 1990 - 92), has taught English, philosophy, Arabic, and Islamic Studies in Lebanon, Ghana, Egypt, and France. His most recent book is Tawfiq al-Hakim: A Reader's Guide.

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