A lifetime ago, Fakhreddin had been a naive young lawyer, seeking to fight corruption from his modest quarter of Cairo. Then, a botched attempt on his life forced him to flee the country, propelling him on a wild journey that would take him to Afghanistan’s jihadi training camps.
Just as crushed idealism morphs into a vicious cycle of violence and revenge, so Fakhreddin is transformed into a trained killer.
But, at the very core of Fakhreddin’s bold, militant exploits are his broken dreams and his family, most of all his son Omar—who he left behind.
Shortlisted for the Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation