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Hakimat al-Qal'atayn حاكمة القلعتين

By: Hassan, Lina Huyan لينا هويان الحسن

Language: Arabic


حاكمة القلعتين : خرافات حميمة عن الساحرات والعرافات وساكنات قلاع الشام

فليحضِّر القارئ نفسه للقاء أغرب النساء وأكثرهنَّ جاذبيّةً ونُدرةً في هذا النصِّ الفريد الذي ينهل من معارف الحكمة القديمة المغيَّبة، يستلهم إرث «زمن السَّحَرَة»، ويفتح بوَّابات الماضي السحيق وفق رؤيةٍ حداثيَّةٍ متنوِّرة. ستخلخل أحكامنا المسبقة عن هذا العالم المغويّ الذي يحمل مفاتيحَ لشفاء الروح ويحارب «الاكتئاب» مرض العصر، وفي الوقت نفسِه، يطلعنا على قصصٍ وحكايات عشق.

رقصةٌ روائيَّةٌ تحملنا صوب قصورٍ وقلاع تركها الزمن الغابر كتحفٍ تهمس لنا

«كان يا ما كان في سالف العصر والزمان..».

Longlisted for the 2023 International Prize for Arabic Fiction (Arab Booker), «The Ruler of the Two Fortresses» by Syrian Writer Lina Huyan al-Hassan.

The heroine of the novel, Khatun Al-Maghouliya, is one of the last female practitioners of magic and divination in Syria. Her daughter, now a young woman, disapproved of her mother’s profession and left her home to study philosophy in Damascus, far from the influence and reputation of her mother. Khatun disappears just before some factions of ISIS invade the north-eastern region of Syria, including the area between two historic fortresses – Halabiye and Zalabiye – built on the banks of the Euphrates by Queen Zenobia. The daughter tries to find her mother, and when she has to give up, she resolves to write about her life and those of other female sorceresses. The Ruler of the Two Fortresses offers an insight into magic rites practiced to summon the dead and converse with them, taking us on a journey into unknown territory, where the women involved in such practices are usually condemned.

Longlisted for the 2023 International Prize for Arabic Fiction

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Product Details
By:Hassan, Lina Huyan لينا هويان الحسن
Pages: 199 pp
Publisher:Dar al-Adab, Beirut, 2024
Dimensions:14 x 20 cm
Topic:Arabic Fiction - Syria

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About the author
Lina Huyan Elhassan is a Syrian novelist, born in the desert near Hama, Syria, in 1975, currently living in Beirut, Lebanon. She obtained a Diploma in Advanced Philosophy Studies from Damascus University, and has worked as a journalist in Lebanon since 2003. She has published nine works of fiction and non-fiction, including novels, poetry and studies of the Syrian desert. Her novel Diamonds and Women (2015) was IPAF-shortlisted, and she took part in the Prize’s Nadwa (workshop) for talented young writers in 2010.

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