Wolves of the Crescent Moon

By Yousef Al-Mohaimeed; Anthony Calderbank (Translator)
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143113218, 180pp.)

Publication Date: December 2007

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Description
Banned in Saudi Arabia, this provocative, fast-paced debut novel confirms what "The Washington Post" reported about its award-winning author: "Yousef Al- Mohaimeed is taking on some of the most divisive subjects in the Arab world . . . in a lush style that evokes Gabriel Garcia Marquez."
In a Riyadh bus station, a man comes across a file containing official reports about an abandoned baby. As he pieces together the shattered life documented within, a larger picture emerges of three outsiders-a Bedouin, an orphan, and a eunuch-linked by fate and trying to make lives for themselves in a predatory city.
Unfolding with the intensity of a fever dream over the course of one night, "Wolves of the Crescent Moon" is a novel of astonishing power and great moral consequence about a deeply traditional society confronting the modern world.



About the Author
Yousef al-Mohaimeed was born in Riyadh in 1964. He has published several novels and short story collections, and has studied English and photography at Norwich University in the England. He is the author of Wolves of the Crescent Moon (AUC Press, 2007).

Anthony Calderbank has translated several works of modern Arabic fiction, including Haggag Hassan Oddoul's Nights of Musk (AUC Press, 2005) and Yousef al-Mohaimeed's Wolves of the Crescent Moon (AUC Press, 2007). He lives and works in Saudi Arabia.


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  1. Wolves of the Crescent Moon is set during a single night. Think back to all of the action that takes place in the present tense, and all that takes place as memory or imagination. How does this affect the pace of the novel? Why do you think the author chose to structure the novel in this way?

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