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'I will tell you a story, but it comes with a warning; when you hear it, you will become someone else.'
He calls himself Alif - few people know his real name - a young man born in a Middle Eastern city that straddles the ancient and modern worlds. When Alif meets the aristocratic Intisar, he believes he has found love. But their relationship has no future - Intisar is promised to another man and her family's honour must be satisfied. As a remembrance, Intisar sends the heartbroken Alif a mysterious book. Entitled The Thousand and One Days, Alif discovers that this parting gift is a door to another world - a world from a very different time, when old magic was in the ascendant and the djinn walked amongst us.
With the book in his hands, Alif finds himself drawing attention - far too much attention - from both men and djinn. Thus begins an adventure that takes him through the crumbling streets of a once-beautiful city, to uncover the long-forgotten mysteries of the Unseen. Alif is about to become a fugitive in both the corporeal and incorporeal worlds. And he is about to unleash a destructive power that will change everything and everyone - starting with Alif himself.
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Brilliant... witty, imaginative and unorthodox in all senses --Observer
Wilson writes beautifully, tells a great story, and even makes computer hackery seem like magic. --Alison Flood, Sunday Times
Among the most original and challenging books of 2012, and my personal pick for at least one major award in 2013 --Guardian
Winner of the 2013 World Fantasy Award: a compelling and bewitching first novel, perfect for book groups, that mixes old world magic with modern adventure.
'G. Willow Wilson has a deft hand with myth and magic. You should read what she writes.' Neil Gaiman
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Book Description Atlantic Books, 2012. Hardcover. Condition: Brand New. 448 pages. 8.54x6.10x1.38 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # zk0857895664
Book Description Corvus, 2012. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0857895664