The Kindness of Enemies: A Novel

The Kindness of Enemies: A Novel

Leila Aboulela


“A flexible prose stylist... [Aboulela’s] lyrical kind and incisive portrayal of Muslims residing within the West got compliment from the Nobel Prize winner J. M. Coetzee... [she is] a voice for multiculturalism.”—New York Times

It’s 2010 and Natasha, a part Russian, part Sudanese professor of historical past, is learning the lifetime of Imam Shamil, the nineteenth century Muslim chief who led the anti-Russian resistance within the Caucasian struggle. whilst shy, unmarried Natasha discovers that her superstar scholar, oz., is not just descended from the warrior but in addition possesses Shamil’s important sword, the Imam’s tale comes vividly to existence. As Natasha’s courting with oz. and his eye-catching actress mom intensifies, Natasha is pressured to confront concerns she had lengthy attempted to avoid—that of her Muslim background. whilst ounces is unexpectedly arrested at his domestic one morning, Natasha realizes that every little thing she values stands in jeopardy.

Told with Aboulela’s inimitable splendor and narrated from the viewpoint of either Natasha and the historic characters she is discovering, The Kindness of Enemies is either an engrossing tale of a provocative interval in historical past and a major exam of what it really is to be a Muslim in a publish 11th of September world.

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