From the author of The Bamboo Stalk and winner of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction comes an apocalyptic and caustically funny novel about the power of friendship in a war-torn world.
In Saud Alsanousi’s novel, MAMA HISSA’S MICE (AmazonCrossing), growing up together in the Surra section of central Kuwait, Katkout, Fahd, and Sadiq share neither ethnic origin nor religious denomination—only friendship and a rage against the unconscionable sectarian divide turning their lives into war-zone rubble. To lay bare the ugly truths, they form the protest group Fuada’s Kids. Their righteous transgressions have made them targets of both Sunni and Shi’a extremists. They’ve also elicited the concern of Fahd’s grandmother, Mama Hissa, a story-spinning font of piety, wisdom, superstition, and dire warnings, who cautions them that should they anger God, the sky will surely fall.
Then one day, after an attack on his neighborhood leaves him injured, Katkout regains consciousness. His friends are nowhere to be found. Inundated with memories of his past, Katkout begins a search for them in a world that has become unrecognizable but not forsaken.
Snaking through decades of Kuwaiti history well into a cataclysmic twenty-first century, Mama Hissa’s Mice is a harrowing, emotional, and caustic novel of rebellion. It also speaks to the universal struggle of finding one’s identity and a reason to go on, even after the sky has fallen.
Saud Al-Sanousi is a Kuwaiti novelist and journalist, born in 1981. His work has appeared in a number of Kuwaiti publications, including Al-Watan newspaper and Al-Arabi, Al-Kuwait and Al-Abwab magazines. He currently writes for Al-Qabas newspaper. His first novel THE PRISONER OF MIRRORS was published in 2010 and won the fourth Laila al-Othman Prize, a prestigious award for novels and short stories by young writers. He won the first prize for his story ‘The Bonsai and the Old Man’ in the Stories on the Air competition organised in July 2011 by the Al-Arabi magazine with BBC Arabic.
He is currently writer in residence at The Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed Cultural Centre and has dramatised and scripted a new version of the “Memoirs of a Sailor” musical; an epic written by poet Mohammed Al-Fayez and composed by musician Ghannam Al-Daikan. He’s at work on another play.
WINNER OF THE INTERNATIONAL PRIZE FOR ARABIC FICTION (known as the ‘Arabic Booker’)
WINNER OF THE STATE OF KUWAIT PRIZE
FINANCIAL TIMES RECOMMENDED SUMMER READ
WINNER OF THE 2016 SAIF GHOBASH BANIPAL PRIZE FOR ARABIC LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION
VOTED PERSON OF THE YEAR IN THE KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN 2016
Zayed Book Award 2018/19 – longlisted for novel Hamam Al Dar
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