Alif the Unseen - G. Willow Wilson

G. Willow Wilson’s energetic Alif the Unseen (Grove, $16), the first literary fiction by the writer of the graphic novels Cairo and Vixen, starts with computer hackers and a forbidden love in a repressive Middle Eastern state, then adds jinns, the only remaining copy of the ancient The Thousand and One Days, and a second love story, ratcheting up the action from adventure to full-scale revolution. “Alif” is the screen handle of a coding genius willing to “help anyone with a computer and a grudge” against the government. His fight for free speech draws the wrath of the chief censor, who wants not only Alif’s programs but his beloved and the mystical text—written by jinns—he believes is the key to a code so powerful it can never be broken. As she deftly intertwines good old-fashioned chases and narrow escapes with fresh ideas about information, faith, and the transformative power of stories, Wilson has crafted a book that offers the immediacy of a thriller, the magic of fantasy, and the depth of philosophy.
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ISBN: 9780802121226
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Published: Grove Press - April 2nd, 2013