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Title:Novelising the Arab revolutions: 'The Knights of Assassinated Dreams'
Author:El Guabli, Brahim
Periodical:The Journal of North African Studies (ISSN 1743-9345)
Geographic term:Libya
About person:Ibrahim al-Kawni (1948-)ISNI
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/13629387.2014.991918
Abstract:In this paper, the author examines the quest for freedom in Ibrahim Al-Koni's novel 'The Knights of Assassinated Dreams'. The author argues that the novel introduces freedom as the main catalyst of the Arab revolutions that have swept the Middle East and North Africa since Mohamed Bouazizi's self-immolation in December 2010. Through the study of the actions of the main characters in this novel, the author illustrates how freedom is achieved in the midst of war and disorder during the Libyan Revolution-turned-civil-war. Moreover, the author engages the question of the novelisation of the revolution and how 'The Knights of Assassinated Dreams' is a fresh contribution to the ongoing debate about novelisation and aesthetisation of current events. The author reads 'The Knights of Assassinated Dreams' as a novel that portrays and reflects the transformative effect of the current revolutionary events on the style and writing of an established author of Arabic literature. Additionally, the author demonstrates how the unfolding events are inscribed into the literary work, and elucidates several risks that authors run in their endeavour to novelise ongoing events. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract, edited]