Title: Alif the Unseen; A Novel
Publication Date: 2012
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Very clean copy, appears unread. Bookseller Inventory # 002250
Synopsis: 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 fiancé 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.
About the Author: G. Willow Wilson is the author of the graphic novels Cairo, named a Best Graphic Novel of the Year by PW and Comics Worth Reading; Air, nominated for an Eisner Award, and Vixen, winner of the Glyph Comics Fan Award for Best Comic. Her most recent comics project is the relaunch of Mystic with artist David López. Her first non-graphic work was the memoir The Butterfly Mosque, a Seattle Times Best Book of the Year.
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