This captivating novel in Arabic by Aziz Mohammed, a Saudi author and blogger from Alkhobar, depicts the story of a lonely, gloomy person who defends his individualism against a social and economic system that threatens to overwhelm him.
The protagonist, who is aggravated by his limited abilities and is determined to protect his privacy, receives news that turns his life upside down.
He falls ill with leukemia and struggles with his family and work environment.
The novel is written in a diary format — after reading Kafka, “K” decides to write a diary, too — with the protagonist recording his daily battles with life in a sarcastic voice.
The tale flows smoothly, and the writing style follows a simple sentence structure and vocabulary choice.
Relationships have neither real value nor power in the story. “K” is a lonely man who makes little effort to end his isolation — and that makes his story interesting and touching.
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