(PDF) [نزيف الحجر] ß Ibrahim al–Koni
E on the shortlist for the National Translation Award in 2015 the same year he found himself as a finalist for the Man International Booker PrizeIn general as noted by Ursula Lindsey at The Nation al Koni s entire oeuvre charts the disintegration of the country s nomadic tribal and mythic culture under the impact of foreign intrusions and then of oil wealthThe Bleeding of the Stone Pulls In The Reader Not Just Because Of The pulls in the reader not just because of the but also because of the lovely blending of mysticism Sufism Islam the Old Testament and traditional beliefs Additionally some of its chapters have epigraphs from such thinkers as Herodotus Sophocles and Ovid that set the stage for what s to come within It can definitely be read as an environmental work and as a The Wapshot Scandal portrait of the desert itself but it is also a story thatits the traditional world against the worst of modern intrusions and a novel that speaks to resistance Finally it is just flat out beautiful in terms of the writing While I will say that it s not going to be for everyone it s a very out of the box kind of read that absolutely demands reader The NIGHT. Erotischer Roman participation and lots of think time at the same time it is an incrediblyowerful novel that I can most heartily recommend A decent read Very good metaphor for animal extinction caused by man s reckless slaughter Some good descriptive assages but otherwise nothing of special note here I tell you Be atient How can you live in the desert without Dark Alchemy (Dark Alchemy, patience The man who was never granted its contentment will never be happy there I tell you Useatience and cunning they re the secrets of the desertAsouf is a Bedouin living alone with his sheep in the cave laden mountains of Libya This novel tells his story and also stories of several surrounding characters while also dipping into magical realism and mysticismThere is a fair amount of description of gazelles vs waddan I wasn t sure the waddan exists but it does I think it would be best to stay away from them if you believe the lessons in this story It s nice to read a modern Arabic work that for once revolved around themes other than religion and olitics This articular story focused on environmentalism especially the delicate balance of desert ecology where in the absence of civilization man and beast depended directly on one another for survival The story incorporates magical realism in the form of North African Sufi folk spirituality to give explanation for the events It s a little like a Bedouin folk tale version of the Old Man and the Sea except with a solitary old man heroically guarding the last vestiges of the desert values and spirituality against the encroachment of greed and technology The hipster American Marine who shallowly dabbled in eastern spirituality and came to join in the slaughter of wild animals to get a taste of
he called spiritual food a veiled Die fremde Stadt: Breslau nach 1945 political referenceerhaps But I also see it as a diatribe against the foodie who derives excitement from eating exotic animals and cloaks it with spiritual and cultural meaning like utting on rotective amulets before consuming when in fact his destruction to satisfy his glutton is the exact opposite of the exotic eastern spirituality he claimed to followSee also The Atlantic The Moral Crusade Against Foodies. E numerous desert gazelles The novel combines The Dreamer Wakes (The Story of the Stone pertinent ecological issues with a movingortrayal of traditional desert life and of the ower of the human spirit to resi. ,What He Called Spiritual Food
L world The most difficult animal to hunt however is the waddan or Barbary Sheep a creature of great mystical value in Asouf s worldviewOver the course of his life tourists The Eat-Clean Diet Cookbook: Great-Tasting Recipes that Keep You Lean! primarily Italians but other Europeans come down to visit the wadis of Libya toay homage to its majestic beauty One day two tourists arrive but it turns out that they aren t tourists at all They are serial hunters and are in large art responsible for the near extinction of gazelles in Northern Libya Yet these two men do not look to hunt gazelles near Asouf s home Instead they seek the famous waddanAt the most material level this is a work about conservation waddanAt the most material level this is a work about conservation the importance of balance in desert life This emphasis can be extended further to a global level Indeed humans are in large art responsible for the Sixth Great Extinction On a deeper level this is a text about spirituality from a Sufist erspective To al Koni and his most sympathetic characters God is in all of us and we are capable of anything through faith atience and The Wedding Redux perseveranceAs far as I can tell al Koni is a famous and well respected Libyan literary figure but he does not seem to have a strong reputation in the Anglophone world or as far as I can tell the Francophone world This is a shame as al Koni s translated work is lucidowerful and belongs alongside figures like Paulo Coelho and Gabriel Garcia Maruez at bookstores throughout the United States This novel has all the ingredients that should have made it one of my favorite novels the Sahara Tuaregs spirituality and a reverence for nature Set in Southern Libya in the 1930s the story starts with the very shy Asouf a lonely goat herder who is at home in caves with ancient Rolling Thunder paintings or among animals than in the modern world of men While empathizing with Asouf the reader is also made keenly aware of the conseuences of not being able to connect with the outside world when he lets several caravans go by which should haverovided him and initially his mother before she dies with much needed staple foods and supplies When two hunters arrive who want him to slaughter many gazelles as well as find the waddan a moufflon a kind of wild sheep with enormous horns that symbolizes the ancient way of life he the animals and ultimately the entire eco system come under threat The flashbacks and confusing story line that ensue contribute to a dreamlike uality that some might like but I didn t care for While I usually enjoy Latin American magical realism I felt a bit Ye Castle Stinketh: Could You Survive Living in a Castle? put off by the magicalowers of the waddan and by the speaking gazelles Perhaps having animals with human or godlike ualities is Al Koni s way of getting his message across despite the fact that noble human beings and animals have not only a beautiful spirit but also a will to resist traditional desert life is disappearing fast animals have not only a beautiful spirit but also a will to resist traditional desert life is disappearing fast we human beings need to act before nature won t be able to sustain us any A worthy message by an important writer yet not completely successful in my opinion The Bleeding of the Stone is the work of Libyan author Ibrahim al Koni who has won several awards among them the Swiss State Award 1995 for this book the Japanese Translation Committee Award for his Gold Dust 1997 and in 2010 the Arab Novel Award His novel New Waw Saharan Oasis won him a lac. Identifies with its creatures knows exactly where it is to be found Now he and the moufflon together come under threat from hunters who have already slaughtered the onc. I m very happy to find one of my all time favorite writer in the library of Goodreads Ibrahim Al Koni is brilliant writer and if like to know about Libya or live in a new myth you real have to read Al Koni Actually I d like to recommend all his books but this is the only one I found in here It s really really so good Magical The Bleeding of the Stone is a Libyan novel about Asouf a Bedouin man living a hermit like existence out in the desert herding goats and occasionally guiding foreigners to see the rock aintings on the walls of the wadisAsouf has a spiritual relationship with the desert and articularly with an animal called the waddan the Barbary Sheep that lives in the mountains Two hunters arrive who want him to find the waddan for them and the book intercuts the story of their interaction and flashbacks to Asouf s earlier lifeSo it This book is my first foray into the body of Al Koni s work though I feel a ang of guilt that as a Libyan I read the translated English version rather than the original Arabic Libya is a large country and oftentimes the inhabitants of different regions hardly know about each other For most of those who live on the Northern coastal cities Fezzan the Southern rovince is something of a mystery We know that there s large expanses of desert and a slightly different culture but there s no real interaction With Al Koni s works we get a chance to experience a taste of life in Libya s deserts and The Bleeding of the Stone offers a great look into the environment the The Art of Mary Beth Edelson people and the challengesresent there The novel resents the life and fate of Asouf the goat herder Unlike the other nomads of the desert Asouf lives alone and understands better than most the mysteries of the desert giving him an almost legendary status among the others It s this status that gets him ensnared in the hands of oachers who demand to know where Libya s famed waddan live The background of all the characters are explored leading to this final confrontation There s a lot of religious symbolism used from Christianity and Islam to the mystic African religions which is a good reflection of the mixed cultural identity Libya has I loved the beautiful of the wildlife and terrain of Southern Libya although it s a feeling to know that it won t be explored or developed as long as the conflict in the country continues Of all the Motivational Perspectives on Chronic Pain provinces in Libya Fezzanrobably suffers from the worst marginalization There s also an important message on the environmental dangers of oaching in Libya s south a roblem that organizations like the Libyan Wildlife Trust have stressed on due to the unregulated hunting that goes on thereI feel like I might have robbed myself from further appreciation of the book by reading a translated version None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (and Why That's a Good Thing) perhaps the original will be fascinating I will start off by saying that I absolutely loved this book I had never read aiece of Libyan literature let alone Saharan literature before this Puta piece and I was blown away by it In summary this book is about a man named Asouf who is a goat herder in the deserts of Fezzan Libya Born an only child he was taught by his father and mother how to hunt wildlife while maintaining a delicate balance between human concerns and the natura. The moufflon a wild sheeprized for its meat continues to survive in the remote mountain desert of southern Libya Only Asouf a lone bedouin who cherishes the desert and. .