Magical realism in Libya


Journal Article

This essay argues that the writings of Libyan Ibrahim al-Kuni, and particularly Nazif al-hajar with its emphasis on animal-human juxtapositions and metamorphoses, should be considered examples of Arab magical realism. The circular narrative tells the story of a multi-generational struggle of a Touareg family with a legendary animal called a waddan. The last scion, he is taken on a trip to the border between the natural and the supernatural where he metamorphoses into the predator, the legendary animal and the history that both contain. © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Cooke, M

Published Date

  • April 1, 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 41 / 1-2

Start / End Page

  • 9 - 21

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1570-064X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0085-2376

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1163/157006410X486701

Citation Source

  • Scopus