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Kūnī, Ibrāhīm

Works: 354 works in 892 publications in 9 languages and 6,903 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Sayings  Interviews  Biography 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PJ7842.U54, 892.736
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The bleeding of the stone by Ibrāhīm Kūnī( Book )

26 editions published between 1986 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 401 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The moufflon, a wild sheep prized for its meat, continues to survive in the remote mountain desert of southern Libya. Only Asouf, a lone bedouin who cherishes the desert and identifies with its creatures, knows exactly where it is to be found. Now he and the moufflon together come under threat from hunters who have already slaughtered the once numerous desert gazelles. The novel combines pertinent ecological issues with a moving portrayal of traditional desert life and of the power of the human spirit to resist
Gold dust by Ibrāhīm Kūnī( Book )

31 editions published between 1990 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 312 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Rejected by his tribe and hunted by the kin of the man he killed, Ukhayyad and his thoroughbred camel flee across the desolate Tuareg deserts of the Sahara. Between bloody wars against the Italians in the north and famine raging in the south, Ukhayyad rides for the remote rock caves of Jebel Hasawna. There, he says farewell to the mount who has been his companion through thirst, disease, lust, and loneliness. Alone in the desert, haunted by the prophetic cave paintings of ancient hunting scenes and the cries of jinn in the night, Ukhayyad awaits the arrival of his pursuers and their insatiable hunger for blood and gold." "Gold Dust is a classic story of the brotherhood between man and beast, the thread of companionship that is all the difference between life and death in the desert. It is a story of the fight to endure in a world of limitless and waterless wastes, and a parable of the struggle to survive in the most dangerous landscape of all: human society."--Jacket
Anubis : a desert novel by Ibrāhīm Kūnī( Book )

24 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and Arabic and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A Tuareg youth ventures into trackless desert on a life-threatening quest to find the father he remembers only as a shadow from his childhood, but the spirit world frustrates and tests his resolve. For a time, he is rewarded with the Eden of a lost oasis, but eventually, as new settlers crowd in, its destiny mimics the rise of human civilization. Over the sands and the years, the hero is pursued by a lover who matures into a sibyl-like priestess." "The Libyan Tuareg author Ibrahim al-Koni, who has earned a reputation as a major figure in Arabic literature with his many novels and collections of short stories, has used Tuareg folklore about Anubis, the ancient Egyptian god of the underworld, to craft a novel that is both a lyrical evocation of the desert's beauty and a chilling narrative in which thirst, incest, patricide, animal metamorphosis, and human sacrifice are more than plot devices. The novel concludes with Tuareg sayings collected by the author in his search for the historical Anubis, from matriarchs and sages during trips to Tuareg encampments, and from inscriptions in the ancient Tifinagh script in caves and on tattered manuscripts. In this novel, fantastic mythology becomes universal, specific, and modern."--Jacket
The seven veils of Seth : a modern Arabic novel from Libya by Ibrāhīm Kūnī( Book )

18 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and Arabic and held by 176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the ancient Egyptian religion, Seth is the evil god who out of jealousy slays his brother Osiris, the good god of agriculture, to seize the throne. Seth is, however, also the god of the desert and therefore a benevolent champion of desert dwellers like the traditionally nomadic Kel Tamasheq, better known as the Tuareg. In The Seven Veils of Seth, the world-renowned, Libyan, Tuareg author Ibrahim al-Koni draws on the tension between these two opposing visions of Seth to create a novel that also provides a vivid account of daily life in a Tuareg oasis." "Isan, the novel's protagonist, is either Seth himself or a latter-day avatar. A desert-wandering seer and proponent of desert life, he settles for an extended stay in a fertile oasis. If Jack Frost, the personification of the arrival of winter, were to visit a tropical rain forest, the results might be similarly disastrous. Not surprisingly, since this is a novel by Ibrahim al-Koni, infanticide, uxoricide, serial adultery, betrayal, metamorphosis, murder by a proxy animal, ordinary murder, and a life-threatening chase through the desert all figure in the plot, although the novel is also an existential reflection on the purpose of human life." "Ibrahim al-Koni typically layers allusions in his works as if he were an artist adding a suggestion of depth to a painting by applying extra washes. Tuareg folklore, Egyptian mythology, Russian literature, and medieval European thought elbow each other for room on the page. One might expect a novel called The Seven Veils of Seth to be a heavy-handed allegory. Instead, the reader is left wondering. The truth is elusive, a mirage pulsing at the horizon."--Jacket
The puppet : a novel by Ibrāhīm Kūnī( Book )

18 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Puppet, a mythic tale of greed and political corruption, traces the rise, flourishing, and demise of a Saharan oasis community. Aghulli, a noble if obtuse man who has been chosen leader of the oasis, hankers after the traditional nomadic pastoralist life of the Tuareg. He sees commerce (understood as including trade in gold, marriage, agriculture, and even recreation) as the prime culprit in the loss of the nomadic ethos. Thus he is devastated to learn that his supporters are hoarding gold. The novel's title notwithstanding, the author has stressed repeatedly that he is not a political author. He says that The Puppet portrays a good man who has been asked to lead a corrupt society. The subplot about star-crossed young lovers introduces a Sufi theme of the possibility of transforming carnal into mystical love. The Puppet, though, is first and foremost a gripping, expertly crafted tale of bloody betrayal and revenge inspired by gold lust and an ancient love affair."--Page 4 of cover
New waw : Saharan oasis by Ibrāhīm Kūnī( Book )

18 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Upon the death of their leader, a group of Tuareg, a nomadic Berber community whose traditional homeland is the Sahara Desert, turns to the heir dictated by tribal custom; however, he is a poet reluctant to don the mantle of leadership. Forced by tribal elders to abandon not only his poetry but his love, who is also a poet, he reluctantly serves as leader. Whether by human design or the meddling of the Spirit World, his death inspires his tribe to settle down permanently, abandoning not only nomadism but also the inherited laws of the tribe. The community they found, New Waw, which they name for the mythical paradise of the Tuareg people, is also the setting of Ibrahim al-Koni's companion novel, The Puppet. For al-Koni, this Tuareg tale of the tension between nomadism and settled life represents a choice faced by people everywhere, in many walks of life, as a result of globalism. He sees an inevitable interface between myth and contemporary life
The scarecrow by Ibrāhīm Kūnī( Book )

16 editions published between 1997 and 2015 in Arabic and English and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Scarecrow is the final volume of Ibrahim al-Koni's Oasis trilogy, which chronicles the founding, flourishing, and decline of a Saharan oasis. Fittingly, this continuation of a tale of greed and corruption opens with a meeting of the conspirators who assassinated the community's leader at the end of the previous novel, The Puppet. They punished him for opposing the use of gold in business transactions--a symptom of a critical break with their nomadic past--and now they must search for a leader who shares their fetishistic love of gold. A desert retreat inspires the group to select a leader at random, but their "choice," it appears, is not entirely human. This interloper from the spirit world proves a self-righteous despot, whose intolerance of humanity presages disaster for an oasis besieged by an international alliance. Though al-Koni has repeatedly stressed that he is not a political author, readers may see parallels not only to a former Libyan ruler but to other tyrants--past and present--who appear as hollow as a scarecrow
A Sleepless Eye : Aphorisms from the Sahara by Ibrāhīm Kūnī( Book )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Libyan landscape is one of the most diverse and breathtaking, replete with barren deserts, vast ocean coasts, and a stunning display of earth's elements. Al-Koni, an award-winning and critically acclaimed Arabic writer, reflects on this fragile environment and the increasing threats to its existence in A Sleepless Eye, a collection of the poet's desert wisdom. He highlights the relationships between humans and Libya's natural features, grouping them by theme: nature, desert, water, sea, wind, rock, trees, and fire. Each theme contains a set of aphorisms that deliver thoughtful perspectives on what it means to coexist with an evolving planet. This volume is the result of the author's collaboration with the celebrated French nature photographer, Alain Sebe, and English translator Allen. The product is a body of work that calls upon readers to question their relationship with the earth through meditative ideas and photos, familiarizing English readers with the fundamental philosophies of environmental stewardship that transcend all boundaries
al-Waram by Ibrāhīm Kūnī( Book )

11 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in Arabic and German and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Man anta ayyuhā al-malāk? by Ibrāhīm Kūnī( Book )

13 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in Arabic and French and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

L'herbe de la nuit by Ibrāhīm Kūnī( Book )

12 editions published between 1997 and 2007 in Arabic and French and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dans une époque non définie, un riche seigneur du désert, déçu par la réalité triviale du grand jour, décide de se vouer aux puissances de la nuit, et à toutes les caresses de l'amour, aidé dans sa recherche de l'absolu du plaisir par une plante aphrodisiaque. Une étrange méditation sur les ambiguïtés de la loi et sur les impasses du désir de transgression
al-Saḥarah : riwāyah by Ibrāhīm Kūnī( Book )

7 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in Arabic and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Yūsuf bi-lā ikhwatih by Ibrāhīm Kūnī( Book )

4 editions published in 2008 in Arabic and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poussière d'or : roman by Ibrāhīm Kūnī( Book )

9 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in French and Italian and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Analyse: Roman d'aventures. Roman philosophique
Goldstaub : Roman aus Libyen by Ibrāhīm Kūnī( Book )

4 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in German and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Blutender Stein : Roman aus Libyen by Ibrāhīm Kūnī( Book )

5 editions published between 1990 and 1999 in German and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nidāʼ mā kāna baʻīdan by Ibrāhīm Kūnī( Book )

6 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in Arabic and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

al-Majūs : riwāyah by Ibrāhīm Kūnī( Book )

5 editions published between 1991 and 2007 in Arabic and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

al-Waqāʼiʻ al-mafqūdah min sīrat al-majūs : (wa-nuṣūṣ ukhrá) by Ibrāhīm Kūnī( Book )

2 editions published in 1992 in Arabic and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kharīf al-darwīsh by Ibrāhīm Kūnī( Book )

4 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in Arabic and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The bleeding of the stone
Alternative Names
al-Kaunī, Ibrāhīm 1948-

al-Kaunī, Ibrāhīm al- 1948-

Al-Kawni, Ibrahim

al-Kawnī, Ibrāhīm al- 1948-

al-Koni, Ibrahim

al-Koni, Ibrahim 1948-

al-Koni, Ibrahim al- 1948-

al-Kouni, Ibrahim

Al-Kouni, Ibrahim 1948-

Al-Kūnī, Ibrāhīm

al-Kūnī, Ibrāhīm 1948-

al-Kūnī, Ibrāhīm al- 1948-

AlKawni, Ibrahim

AlKoni, Ibrahim

al'Kuni, Ibragim al' 1948-

Ibrāhīm al-Kaunī 1948-

Ibrāhīm al-Kawnī

Ibrahim Al-Koni

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Ibrahim Al-Koni écrivain libyen

Ibrahim al-Koni escriptor libi

Ibrahim al-Koni escritor libio

Ibrahim Al-Koni journalist uit Libië

Ibrahim Al-Koni Libyan writer

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Ibrāhīm al-Kūnī

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Kaunī, Ibrāhīm 1948-

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Kawnī, Ibrāhīm

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Koni, Ibrahim

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Kouni, Ibrahim

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Kuni, Ibragim al' 1948-

Kūnī, Ibrāhīm.

Kūnī, Ibrāhīm 1948-

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Kūnī, Ibrāhīm al- 1948-.

Аль-Куни, Ибрагим

ابراهيم الكوني

إبراهيم الكوني، 1948-

إبراهيم الكوني كاتب ليبي

ابراهیم الکونی ژورنالیست و نویسنده لیبیایی

الكوني، إبراهيم.

‏الكوني، إبراهيم، 1948-

كوني، إبراهيم

كوني، ٳبراهيم.

アル・クーニー, イブラヒーム


Arabic (133)

English (80)

French (24)

German (14)

Spanish (3)

Japanese (2)

Italian (2)

Dutch (2)

Danish (1)

Gold dustAnubis : a desert novelThe seven veils of Seth : a modern Arabic novel from LibyaThe puppet : a novelal-Waram