Rama & the Dragon

Translator: Ferial Ghazoul and John Verlenden Publisher: AUC Press Place of Publication: Egypt Date of Publication: 2002 Language: Arabic ISBN: 977-424-676-4 Author: Kharrat, Edwar

A multi-layered novel about the depths of human experience and the struggle between polarities, “Rama and the Dragon” presents a love story of unrequited passion between Rama – the symbol of multiplicity and creativity – and Mikhail – the symbol of unity and constancy. Their story reflects the relationship not only between man and woman, Copt and Muslim, but also between Upper and Lower Egypt. Through a delicate grid of intertextual references and juxtaposed narratives, the dreams and hopes, fears and defeats of Rama and Mikhail move from the local to the global, corresponding to human dreams and anxieties everywhere.