The Longing of the Dervish a Sudanese Novel

At the close of the nineteenth century in Sudan, freed slave Bakhit is let

out of prison with the overthrow of the Mahdist state. On the brink of

death, the memory of his beloved Theodora is all that has sustained him

through seven years of grim incarceration-that and his vow to avenge her


Set against a backdrop of war, religious fervor, and the massive social and

political upheavals of the time, The Longing of the Dervish is a love story

in the most unlikely of circumstances.

Lyrical and evocative, Hammour Ziada’s masterfully crafted novel confronts

sorrow, hope, and the cruelty of fate.

About the Author

Hammour Ziada was born in Umm Durman, Sudan in 1977. He has worked as a

civil society and human rights researcher, and is currently a journalist

based in Cairo. He is the author of two novels and two collections of short


Translator of the winning novel in the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize

and winner of the Saif Ghobash-Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary

Translation, Jonathan Wright was formerly the Reuters bureau chief in

Cairo. He has translated Alaa Al-Aswany, Youssef Ziedan & Hassan Blassim.

He lives in London, UK.

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