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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For days he is lost again in Life, that which Azazeel needs in order to grow. Happily, it’s underpinned by a believably human and universal tale of a man, racked with doubt and temptation, on a journey to azaxel himself. Look for the next two novels translated to English; Al-Nabti and Mohal. Categories Fiction Non-fiction Children’s books Authors. Views Read Edit View history. A vision in beauty with the voice of the morning lark, she inspires a passion in Hypa that takes him back to Hypa.

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Azazeel by Youssef Ziedan – review

It is a timely reminder of the great debt our Western World owes to prevenient Arab civilisations and the enormous spiritual and zaazel riches it has bequeathed to us. The philosopher emperor Marcus Aurelius has been emperor for only a few months and Persia has invaded the Roman Empire.

Recipients of the Arabic Booker Prize. Retrieved January 19, It zoedan a top seller for many months. He is a university professor, a public lecturer, a columnist and a prolific author of more than 50 books. He lives in Alexandria, and has a son and two daughters. This list is incomplete ; you can help by expanding it.


Is Youssef Ziedan youasef next Stieg Larsson? We’ve found that while readers like to know what we think of a book they find additional reader reviews a massive help in deciding if it is the right book for them. The self-narration follows a Coptic monk, Hypa — a self-given name in homage to the great female Alexandrian philosopher Hypatia — as he travels from Upper Egypt, to Alexandria and then Syria over a twenty year period. His work on Abdul Karim al-Jili is seen by many [ citation needed ] as the most authoritative work in the field.

All of which makes it easy to forget that Azazeel is actually a novel. His catalogues are mostly thematic, i.

Language and associated cultures too feature strongly in the tale. Beside the historical and religious elements, it is insightful into the nature of healing.

Award-winning book from Youssef Ziedan gets translated into English

Then he finishes but letting you an imaginary life that you keep think about character. Read a free preview of Azazeel by Youssef Ziedan. At 13 years old, they and their mo Caligula Douglas Jackson 7. First of a new series of crime novels set in Ancient Rome and yousseff Flavia Albia, the adopted daughter of much-loved Marcus Didius Falco.

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Just send us an email and we’ll put the best up on the site. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Among many affecting passages there is a beautiful description of his settling beneath a tree. Retrieved from ” http: A time for laying out doctrine and creating schisms against a backdrop of a waning Roman Empire.


These include the entrancing astronomer, philosopher and mathematician Hypatia; a woman with whom the young monk becomes briefly enamoured. Yet, for Hypa, his writing serves but one purpose: A time ripe for Azazeel. For Azazeel death has no meaning. Romulus and Fabiola are twins, born into slavery after their mother is raped by a drunken nobleman on his way home from a good night out.

This text is a necessary read for those who search for the seeds of tolerance in the history of a land that has suffered intense and frequent devastations. The central figure of Hypa comes across as still, hence people respond to his inner beauty. It is not easy these days in Egypt to find a novel that sells this way.

It was not officially condemned by the Coptic church, but it did spark press releases, protests, and a book-length response zedan Coptic Bishop Bishoy.

Still, Hypa’s story starts painfully slowly — it’s not until the monk sails up the Nile to Alexandria that it gains any forward momentum.

Glad to have discovered your blog! Nestorius consults Hypa on a single trip as he feuds with Cyril, leaves Hypa to never be seen again; heard about through reports of excommunication. His postgraduate studies focused on Sufism and its philosophical underpinnings.