The author, Adel El-Agwany, is a psychiatrist. This piece of information may serve as an explanation for what this exceptional novel puts the reader through. The Hole is a book about a man who loses his mind while reading a book called The Hole which in turn is about a man who loses his mind …
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At the beginning of the book, we see an introduction, which looks more like a disclaimer, by “the translator” of the novel. As the author is an Arab and the book is in Arabic, it takes the reader a while to understand who the translator is and his role in the book.
Kanafani is known for the characteristic open endings in most of his novels
In his novel, “Ard El-Ghagar”, Abu Haiba takes his readers deep into the strange and mysterious land of the gypsies, where wisdom, tradition and magic are strongly present in painting the present as well as shaping the future of the gypsy clans.