Times of death and roses
A novel by Adel Bishtawi `One of the most important contemporary Arab novelists'
Here are some of the comments by literary critics on Times of Death and Roses
`A passionate, extremely romantic love story, posing problematic questions: can love and life exist in times of destruction and death? Could a rose blossom in a soil infected by mines? Could the angels spread their white wings in an age of demons and senseless killing?' Al Sahraa Newspaper (Morocco)
`It was not easy for Bishtawi to send back to the caves of death the souls he has awaken without giving them the chance to speak out, and to re-arrange the facts that led to the defeat of a generation that lost both dream and life.' Al Sharq Al Awsat Newspaper (London)
`With such a story, mode of address and language, Bishtawi has produced a great novel (and) assumed a distinguished status among the Arab novelists and made Times of Death and Roses times of enjoyable reading.' Al Hayat Newspaper (London)
`A story of a beautiful sophisticated young woman directly in conflict with a person portrayed as the human embodiment of a modern Satan. Through this story, the novelist takes us, the readers, on a journey where our destiny is to be possessed by the prince of darkness, to touch it and to repeatedly feel an urge to free ourselves from its grip. At times we cannot but sense the devil lurking under our very skin; feel his breath released from deep down within us.' Al Quds Al Arabi Newspaper (London)
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