Bleeding of the Stone, The

Translator: May Jayyusi/Christopher Tingley Publisher: Arris Books Place of Publication: Libya Date of Publication: 2004 Language: Arabic ISBN: 1-844370151 Author: Koni, Ibrahim

The moufflon, a wild sheep prized for its meat, continues to survive in the remote mountain desert of southern Libya. Only Asouf, a lone bedouin who cherishes the desert and 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 once numerous desert gazelles. The novel combines pertinent ecological issues with a moving portrayal of traditional desert life and of the power of the human spirit to resist.