The Arch and the Butterfly.pdf
A wonderful novel with great literary quality that deals with important and realistic problems in the Middle East, problems which have been reflected on banners during the protests that have shaken the Arab world, demanding change IPAF Judging Panel Achaari is a poet and this is definitely visible in his fiction writing Khaleej Times
Born in 1951, Mohammed Achaari is a Moroccan poet, short story writer, journalist and former Minister of Culture. He has published a number of works of fiction and poetry, some of which have been translated into French, Spanish, Russian and Dutch. The Arch and the Butterfly is his second novel.
Preparing to leave for work one morning, Youssef al-Firsiwi finds a mysterious letter has been slipped under his door. In a single line, he learns that his only son, Yacine, whom he believed to be studying engineering in Paris, has been killed in Afghanistan fighting with the Islamist resistance. His comfortable life as a leftist journalist shattered, Youssef loses both his sense of smell and his sense of self. He and his wife divorce and he becomes involved with a new woman. He turns for support to his friends Ahmad and Ibrahim, themselves enmeshed in ever-more complex real estate deals and high-profile cases of kidnapping. Meanwhile Youssef struggles to reconnect with his father, who, having lost his business empire and his sight, spends his days guiding tourists around ancient Roman ruins. Shuttling between Marrakech, Rabat and Casablanca, Youssef begins to rebuild his life. Yet he is pursued by his son's spectral presence and the menace of religious extremism, in this novel of shifting identity and cultural and generational change.