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A Love Story

A Love Story

Translated by Robin Bray


9780863563201 October 2002 Paperback 112pp

About the Book

Through a sequence of dreams, flashbacks and conversations, Yacoub Iryan, a dying novelist, reflects upon his life, his achievements and his passionate, yet fleeting love affair with a married woman. Lying in his hospital bed, Iryan’s conversations with his witty nurse, Helen, his earnest doctors and his fellow patients, paint the picture of a man obsessed with a memory that is fading as fast as his body grows weaker. A Love Story is a poignant reflection on passionate, enduring love and the joys and tragedies of life.

About the Author

Ghazi Algosaibi has published over twenty works in Arabic and is a writer of both poetry and prose. His works in translation include the novels A Love Story and Seven and the collection of poems Dusting the Colour from Roses, all published by Saqi Books.


‘In this novel love has a generic, fabulous quality. Poignant and poetic, A Love Story provides the English reader with a view of an unfamiliar side of modern Saudi culture, one which is refreshingly at odds with the current climate of international misunderstanding.’
Times Literary Supplement

‘Reading A Love Story is a purely pleasurable experience. Algosaibi’s language retains the lyrical freshness that comes from his poetry. A fragile and touching vision, with much gentle humour, it should be enjoyed in a single sitting and leave the reader wanting more.’
Richard Woffenden, Cairo Times

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