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The Puppet

(2010)
(The first book in the Oasis trilogy series)
A novel by

 
 
The Puppet, a mythic tale of greed and political corruption, traces the rise, flourishing, and demise of a Saharan oasis community. Aghulli, a noble if obtuse man who has been chosen leader of the oasis, hankers after the traditional nomadic pastoralist life of the Tuareg. He sees commerce (understood as including trade in gold, marriage, agriculture, and even recreation) as the prime culprit in the loss of the nomadic ethos. Thus he is devastated to learn that his supporters are hoarding gold.

The novel's title notwithstanding, the author has stressed repeatedly that he is not a political author. He says that The Puppet portrays a good man who has been asked to lead a corrupt society. The subplot about star-crossed young lovers introduces a Sufi theme of the possibility of transforming carnal into mystical love. The Puppet, though, is first and foremost a gripping, expertly crafted tale of bloody betrayal and revenge inspired by gold lust and an ancient love affair.

    

Used availability for Ibrahim al-Koni's The Puppet

Paperback Editions

November 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Puppet (Modern Middle East Literatures in Translation)
Author(s): Ibrahim al-Koni
ISBN: 0-292-72335-0 / 978-0-292-72335-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas at Austin
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Kindle Editions

May 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Puppet (Modern Middle East Literatures in Translation)
Author(s): Ibrahim al-Koni
Publisher: Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas at Austin
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA