Ibrahim al-Koni





Ibrahim al-Koni


Born
Ghadames, Libya

Ibrahim al-Koni (Arabic: إبراهيم الكوني) is a Libyan writer and one of the most prolific Arabic novelists.
Born in 1948 in Fezzan Region, Ibrahim al-Koni was brought up on the tradition of the Tuareg, popularly known as "the veiled men" or "the blue men." Mythological elements, spiritual quest and existential questions mingle in the writings of al-Koni who has been hailed as magical realist, Sufi fabulist and poetic novelist.
He spent his childhood in the desert and learned to read and write Arabic when he was twelve. Al-Koni studied comparative literature at the Maxim Gorky Literature Institute in Moscow and then worked as a journalist in Moscow and Warsaw.
By 2007, al-Koni had published more than 80 books and received numerous awards. All w
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3.83 avg rating — 718 ratings — published 1990 — 17 editions
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The Bleeding of the Stone

3.87 avg rating — 532 ratings — published 1990 — 11 editions
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المجوس

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4.23 avg rating — 142 ratings — published 1991
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البئر (الخسوف, #1)

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3.93 avg rating — 154 ratings — published 1991 — 2 editions
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من أنت أيها الملاك؟

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3.53 avg rating — 169 ratings — published 2009 — 2 editions
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قابيل.. أين أخوك هابيل؟

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3.57 avg rating — 133 ratings — published 2007
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الورم

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3.54 avg rating — 116 ratings — published 2008
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نداء ما كان بعيدًا

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4.10 avg rating — 105 ratings — published 2006 — 2 editions
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الواحة (الخسوف, #2)

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3.84 avg rating — 94 ratings — published 1991
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نزيف الروح

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3.29 avg rating — 94 ratings — published 2000
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“إن المكان المناسب الوحيد للإنسان النزيه في عالمنا هو السجن”
Ibrahim al-Koni

“Have you understood now that prophesying is not entertainment but hope?”
Ibrahim al-Koni, The Seven Veils of Seth

“I don’t love those who love me. I love those whom I love. Do you know why?” He did not wait for a response but continued as if to himself: “Whoever loves me places fetters around my neck. Anyone I love gets shackles around his neck.” “Amazing! I’ve always thought we fell captive to those we love, not to those who love us.” “That’s the logic of the masses. That’s the language of weaklings, who don’t know why they love the ones they love. They have no strength or ability to stop loving those they loved when they realize the truth about them.”
Ibrahim al-Koni, The Seven Veils of Seth

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