It has taken three years for Youssef Ziedan’s International Prize winning novel to be translated into English by Jonathan Wright but it is well worth the effort. 22 Jun Set in the fifth century in Egypt and Syria, the Egyptian writer Youssef Ziedan’s novel is narrated by a humble and tormented doctor monk, Hypa. 26 Mar Two years since the author took home the International Prize for Arabic Fiction, his winning book Azazel is finally available in English.

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A time for laying out doctrine and creating schisms against a backdrop of a waning Roman Empire. Azazeel is a novel infused with history, theology, the desire for power, intellectualism, and an inner struggle for answers that means every reader can find a thread that will strike chords both sonorous and discordant.

His catalogues are mostly thematic, i. With this in mind, Ziedan produced some 20 manuscript catalogues using detailed descriptive cataloguing techniques rather than skimpy uninformative bibliographic records.

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Azazeel by Youssef Ziedan – review

The philosopher emperor Marcus Aurelius has been emperor for only a few months and Persia has invaded the Roman Empire. It was not officially condemned by the Coptic church, but it did spark zieedan releases, protests, and a book-length response from Coptic Bishop Bishoy. Lion of Macedon David Gemmell 8. A door thus opens into an ancient world and the emerging vista stretches from the present into the distant past, as if eliciting an omnipresent dimension to reality.

It houssef a time in Christianity dominated by the intellectual.

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Had the book been under attack solely by fringe Muslim groups, one would assume this to be a selling point for many Western book-buyers. Retrieved January 19, Write a reader review Thank you for taking the time to write a review on this book, it really makes a difference and helps readers to find their perfect book. In the same interview, Ziedan spoke about his new novel, The Nabataeananother historical novel:.

Over and again, the aged seeress Tamis scried all the possible tomorrows. The emphasis here is on the immense scientific heritage left by the Arabs throughout history. He joined the philosophy department at the University of Alexandria and graduated summa cum laude.

Just send us an email and we’ll put the best up on the site. Caligula Douglas Jackson 7. The azaael figure of Hypa comes across as still, hence people respond to his inner beauty.

The study of Arabic and Islamic manuscripts has been his primary interest, and cataloguing, editing and publishing these manuscripts constitute aazel bulk of his work. This list is incomplete ; you can help by expanding it.

One sentence leapt out as I read this novel, a question Azazeel asks of Hypa ziwdan also one that provokes uneasiness in any author: In every one, dark forces threatened Greece; terrible evil was poised to reenter the world. Azazeel by Youssef Ziedan and Jonathan Wright translator.

Glad to have discovered your blog! His journey leads him to be washed up on the shores of Alexandria where he falls into a hedonistic dream of desire and lust with the enigmatic, pagan, Octavia.

Language and associated cultures too feature strongly in the tale. Hypa becomes a revered doctor, saving the lives of many, gaining a reputation for quiet reflection, solemn study. It is a novel with something for everyone, a novel that lends to the personal knowledge of the author, a novel that is accessible by the intellectual and the dreamer.

He is, as evidenced in his studies, very much preoccupied with the Arabic translations, commentaries and annotations on Hippocrates and Galen. Personal tools Log in. Retrieved from ” http: It is worth the time and effort to read. As he meditates, he almost becomes at one with the tree itself and reflects upon the mystical teachings of Pythagoras of Samos, in the sixth century B.

Recipients of the Arabic Booker Prize. And, in fact, for all the trouble caused by his expertly researched nods to the internecine struggles within the nascent church, Ziedan seems to be calling for harmony and understanding in religious thought. March Learn how and when to remove this template message. His postgraduate studies focused on Sufism and its philosophical underpinnings.

A time ripe for Azazeel. The Cyclops Case Alan Scribner 7. Azazeel comes across as a provocative yet interesting figure and requires that the whole story of Hypa be revealed.

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Beside the historical and religious elements, it is insightful into the nature of healing. Caligula, a name synonymous with decadence, cruelty and madness. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Arab Theology in particular is heavy material for a bestseller list. Hypa is able to establish himself, to form a library, to question without ever entering the closed box building on the eastern side.

But it’s the lasting image of Hypa, a man continually questioning the meaning of life, that really strikes home.

Located a few miles north of Aleppo, it is already a broken place with a few monks and an Abbot. Thank you for taking the time to write a review on this book, it really makes a difference and helps readers to find their perfect book.

Not to be confused with Youssef Zidan.