NTA Longlist: New Waw, Saharan Oasis by Ibrahim al-Koni translated by William M. Hutchins

New Waw, Saharan Oasis by Ibrahim al-Koni, translated from the Arabic by William M. Hutchins (Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas at Austin)

Al-Koni-New WawWilliam M. Hutchins’ translation of New Waw: Saharan Oasis masterfully channels the poetic rhythms of Ibrahim al-Koni’s tale of a group of Tuareg, struggling with their evolution from a nomadic tribe to a settled community and the tensions that inevitably arise. Legends, fables, prophecies and tribal laws, expressed in lyrical, metaphorical language, give a glimpse into the group’s traditions and the Tuareg mythical paradise oasis, Waw.

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