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In this haunting and controversial novel, Youssef Ziedan confronts issues as vital today as they were nearly two millennia ago.

Set in the 5th century AD, Azazeel is the exquisitely crafted tale of a Coptic monk's journey from Upper Egypt to Alexandria and then Syria during a time of massive upheaval in the early Church. Winner of the Arab Booker Prize, Azazeel highlights how the history of our civilization has been warped by greed and avarice since its very beginnings and how one man's beliefs are challenged not only by the malice of the devil, but by the corruption with the early Church. In sparse and often sparkling prose that reflects the arid beauty of the Syrian landscape, Azazeel is a novel that forces us to re-think many of our long-held beliefs and invites us to rediscover a lost history.

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    It was slow paced, yet interesting. I looked more into the story line and not the way it was written. The theme. The message. All I have to say is : One needs to have a really strong mind to read it & file it under - Read, now let me move on with my faith to guide me. If one truly thinks, the book is neither Christian nor Muslim nor Judaic. In weaker minds it might only give rise to more questions. Enough said :)


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