A short presentation on some of the themes explored in Deserts and Mountains, a novel by Yilmaz Alimoglu. The story follows one man’s transformative journey through the past, during which he gains a deeper understanding of the present.
Ali Dogan is a man in search of identity in a world where none is given, a world where old assurances have become as shifting as the sands of the Sahara. It is a book about the topography of identity in a contemporary context where east is west and west is east and where people cling to false ideologies for comfort.
This is an important addition to that literature. In particular, it confronts matters of Muslim/West identity that are of pressing importance to our times, and it does so bravely and without indulging in clichés or trite formulae.
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