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Alif the Unseen

Alif the Unseen

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By (author) G Willow Wilson

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  • Publisher: Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press
  • Format: Hardback | 433 pages
  • Dimensions: 145mm x 213mm x 41mm | 612g
  • Publication date: 19 July 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0802120202
  • ISBN 13: 9780802120205
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 354,690

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In an unnamed Middle Eastern security state, a young Arab-Indian hacker shields his clients--dissidents, outlaws, Islamists, and other watched groups--from surveillance and tries to stay out of trouble. He goes by Alif--the first letter of the Arabic alphabet, and a convenient handle to hide behind. The aristocratic woman Alif loves has jilted him for a prince chosen by her parents, and his computer has just been breached by the State's electronic security force, putting his clients and his own neck on the line. Then it turns out his lover's new fiance is the head of State security, and his henchmen come after Alif, driving him underground. When Alif discovers "The Thousand and One Days," the secret book of the jinn, which both he and the Hand suspect may unleash a new level of information technology, the stakes are raised and Alif must struggle for life or death, aided by forces seen and unseen. With shades of Neal Stephenson, Neil Gaiman, Philip Pullman, and "The Thousand and One Nights," "Alif the Unseen" is a tour de force debut--a sophisticated melting pot of ideas, philosophy, religion, technology and spirituality smuggled inside an irresistible page-turner.

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Praise for "Alif the Unseen" "[G. Willow Wilson] works magic. . . . Ms. Wilson has not set out to copy JK Rowling's books or anyone else's; she has her own fertile imagination and fanciful narrative style. But as an American convert to Islam, she has an unusual ability to see the best of both worlds. In "Alif the Unseen" she spins her insights into an exuberant fable that has thrills, chills and--even more remarkably--universal appeal."--Janet Maslin, "The New York Times" "G. Willow Wilson has a deft hand with myth and with magic, and the kind of smart, honest writing mind that knits together and bridges cultures and people. You should read what she writes."--Neil Gaiman, author of "Stardust" and "American Gods" "[A] Harry Potter-ish action-adventure romance [that] unfolds against the backdrop of the Arab Spring. . . . Improbably charming . . . A bookload of wizardry and glee."--Janet Maslin, "The New York Times" "Books for Basking" summer reading list "Driven by a hot ionic charge between higher math and Arabian myth, G. Willow Wilson conjures up a tale of literary enchantment, political change, and religious mystery. Open the first page and you will be forced to do its bidding: To read on."--Gregory Maguire, author of "Wicked" and "Out of Oz" "An intriguing mix of fantasy, romance and spirituality wrapped up in cyberthriller packaging. . . . Wilson's desert fantasy moves at the breakneck speed of a thriller through cityscapes, wilderness and ethereal realms as she skillfully laces mythology and modernity, spirituality and her own unique take on technological evolution. Rather than the time-worn ghost in the machine concept, Wilson creates a djinn in the machine fusion of magic and tech that blurs the line between the mythical and virtual, suggesting a brave new world in which mankind's oldest stories will bleed through more strongly than ever. . . . [Wilson] also boldly approaches larger issues such as religion, philosophy and th