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A Sleepless Eye

Aphorisms from the Sahara

by Ibrahim al-Koni

Publication Year: 2014

The Libyan landscape is one of the most diverse and breathtaking, replete with barren deserts, vast ocean coasts, and a stunning display of earth’s elements. Ibrahim al-Koni, an award-winning and critically acclaimed Arabic writer, reflects on this fragile environment and the increasing threats to its existence in A Sleepless Eye, a collection of the poet’s desert wisdom. He highlights the relationships between humans and Libya’s natural features, grouping them by theme: nature, desert, water, sea, wind, rock, trees, and fire. Each theme contains a set of aphorisms which deliver thoughtful perspectives on what it means to coexist with an evolving planet. This volume is the result of the author’s collaboration with the celebrated French nature photographer, Alain Sèbe, and English translator Roger Allen. The product is a body of work that calls upon readers to question their relationship with the earth through meditative ideas and photos, familiarizing English readers with the fundamental philosophies of environmental stewardship that transcend all boundaries.

Published by: Syracuse University Press

Title Page, Further Reading, Copyright, About the Authors

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Foreword

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pp. ix-xii

This collection of aphorisms traces its origins back well over a decade to one of the final projects initiated by a group of European specialists in modern Arabic literature (amongst whom I was privileged to be included). They had...

Nature

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pp. 1-18

Seasons

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pp. 19-24

Desert

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pp. 25-34

Water

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pp. 35-52

Sea

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pp. 53-64

Sea and Desert

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pp. 65-72

Wind

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pp. 73-80

Rock

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pp. 81-92

Trees and Flowers

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pp. 93-100

Fire

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pp. 101-108

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Afterword

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pp. 109-114

The range of literary genres within which Ibrahim al-Koni functions is a wide one, very wide. There are long novels in several volumes and collections of aphorisms (of which this book provides a sample), but also works of short...

Sources

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pp. 115-116

Photographs

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pp. 117-118

Back Cover

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pp. 119-120


E-ISBN-13: 9780815652793
E-ISBN-10: 0815652798
Print-ISBN-13: 9780815610342
Print-ISBN-10: 0815610343

Page Count: 112
Illustrations: 32 color illustrations
Publication Year: 2014

Series Title: Middle Eastern Literature in Translation
Series Editor Byline: Michael Beard, Adnan Haydar

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