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Denied freedom and voice, al-Muqri's ill-fated heroine remains nameless. As a female she is simply a 'Hurma' - literally 'sanctity', an entity to be protected. Growing up in the oppressive atmosphere in the Yemeni capital of Sana'a, her story intersects with those of her siblings, Lula and Abd al-Raqeeb. After undergoing a catalogue of farcical disappointments Hurma journeys across the Middle East to Sudan to join the Jihadist cause. On her return home, cruel twists of fate await her as her search for spiritual and sexual fulfilment leads to disastrous consequences.
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Ali al-Muqri is a Yemeni writer born in 1966. He has worked in cultural journalism since 1985. He has published eight books including Black Taste, Black Odour which was longlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction in 2009. Some of his works have been translated into English, German, French and Spanish. He has participated in several literary Arabic and international festivals. His latest novel, The Handsome Jew, has been longlisted for the 2011 Prize

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