Traces of a Tattoo

by Adel Bishtawi



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/1/2011

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 452
ISBN : 9781456787318

About the Book

TRACES of a TATTOO A novel by Adel Bishtawi `One of the most important contemporary Arab novelists' Described as `an odyssey in time and memory' by the highly respected Moroccan literary critic Mohamed Alloutt, Traces of a Tattoo established its author as an influential new voice in Arabic fiction writing. Many literary critics and readers agreed: `Traces of a Tattoo is a major landmark in modern Arab literature and will consecrate the author as one of the most important contemporary Arab novelists' Al Quds Al Arabi Newspaper (London) `Traces of a Tattoo earns one of its distinguished qualities from its scrupulous monitoring of its characters in their silence, speech and movements - in its scrutiny of their reactions…spreading numbness in both body and soul' Al Hayat Newspaper (London) `Traces of a Tattoo is no ordinary novel. Evoking the example of giant literary works such as Cities of Salt by Abdulrahman Munif, The Boys of our Neighbourhood by Najib Mahfouz…it is an odyssey in time and memory' Al Sahraa Newspaper (Morocco) `One of the most beautiful Arab novels I have read in recent years' Al Quds Al Arabi Newspaper (London) `A novel with something of exercises acute observation of the characters' behaviour and fates, summing it all up in a skilful but lucid dramatization of the complexity that marks the life of a human being' Al Watan Newspaper (Kuwait) `Life less Ordinary: Palestinian Arab Polymath A.S. Bishtawi: I have all the time in the world for Adel Said Bishtawi. This Palestinian-born Arab creative polymath has written extraordinary articles, novels and produced documentaries on Muslim and Arab culture around the world…If you haven't read Traces of a Tattoo yet, I recommend you go grab it any way you can' Anisa Benmoktar, Full reviews:

About the Author

Adel S. Bishtawi Novelist and historian Adel Bishtawi was born in Nazareth, 1945. He read English Literature at Damascus University and attended a course in Linguistics at the Central London Polytechnic. A journalist by career, he was front page editor of Al Arab Newspaper (London), the first pan-Arab newspaper launched in Europe and co-founder of two of the most prestigious Arabic publications - Asharq Al Awsat (London) and Al-Hayat (London). For almost seven years, he was Central Managing Editor of the Emirates News Agency, Abu Dhabi (UAE). Bishtawi's early fiction works included several anthologies of short stories and a novella. The Andalusian Moriscoes: History of the Moriscoes after the fall of Granada was first published in Cairo in 1982. His first novel Traces of a Tattoo was published in 1998; his second ̶ Times of Death and Roses ̶ was published in 1999 and the third ̶ Gardens of Despair ̶ in 2000. Martyrdom of the Andalusian Nation (Part I) was released in 2001. History of Injustice in the Arab World was launched at the Sharjah World Book Fair in December 2005, and Manifest Destiny of Imperial Decline, came out in 2006. Almost obsessed by the origin of things universal, Bishtawi's occupation with the mysterious origin of the Arabic numerals led him to their accidental discovery. The story of his search was documented in the Origin of the Arabic Numerals - A natural history of numbers (AuthorHouse, 2011). This discovery, in turn, led him to the correct identification of the bi-consonantal original roots and the grammatical re-construction of ancient Arabian, believed to be the oldest language still in use today, fully or partially, by more than 1.5 billion people in the four continents. If we believe that etymology is history, as some appear to do, ancient Arabian holds the key to unlocking the secrets of the oldest human civilisation in existence. Some of these secrets were unveiled in Part I of the Book of Origins - Natural Foundations of Arab Civilisation, launched in London in November 2010. More will follow in the next three parts of the Book of Origins. The writer has published hundreds of articles and interviews in Arabic and English. He appears regularly on TV shows, and participates in conferences and seminars on history, literature, religion, economy and current affairs. The author is married with two sons: Sammy and Daniel. He has British and Maltese nationalities. Author's websites: