In a dramatic and rich narrative, Almustafa faces up to his mortality and to questions on life and death put to him by the people of Orphalese, a metaphor for America. In the course of this great challenge, Almustafa is buffeted by memories of his past and torn between his own fear of death and his undying faith in the resilience and endurance of life. His responses celebrate life and art in their infinite manifestations, offering a message of courage and hope. Daring and thoughtful, the book serves as an eternal and poetic testament to Almustafa's universal and practical wisdom.
Riad Nourallah has an MA from the American University of Beirut and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. He is currently Principal Lecturer at the Diplomatic Academy of London. His epic novel, King, will be published by Quartet Books.