Badawi (Paperback)

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Published to wide critical acclaim in France, Badawi is Mohed Altrad's heartrending debut novel, inspired by the author's own narrative arc from Bedouin orphan to engineer and finally billionaire businessman.

In the Syrian desert, a young boy watches as his mother dies. She was a repudiated woman, abandoned by the boy's powerful father, leaving Ma ouf to his scornful grandmother. Though the Bedouin tribes have stopped their centuries-long travels across the dunes--their tents long since converted into sedentary shacks--Ma ouf's grandmother wants him to carry on tradition as a shepherd. But from the first time he sneaks off to the white-walled schoolhouse to watch the other children learn, Ma ouf envisions a different future for himself. This is one extraordinary child's story of fighting for an education, and a life, he was never supposed to have, from a tiny desert village to the city of Raqqa, from the university halls of Montpellier on to the oil fields of Abu Dhabi. But is a life of exile the one he wants? Can a child whose name means "the abandoned one" ever make a home for himself? With each step forward, he feels the love of his youth--a steadfast young Syrian woman named Fadia--and the shifting, haunted sands of his native village pulling him back toward the past he thought he had left behind.

About the Author

Mohed Altrad was born into a Bedouin tribe in Syria. After earning a PhD in computer science at the University of Montpellier and working for the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, he founded Groupe Altrad, a world leader in the concrete and scaffolding industry, and was named the 2015 EY World Entrepreneur of the Year. He has published three other novels in French, L'Hypoth├Ęse de Dieu, La Promesse d'Annah, and the forthcoming La Reconstruction from Actes Sud.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780802125798
ISBN-10: 0802125794
Publisher: Grove Press, Black Cat
Publication Date: September 6th, 2016
Pages: 240
Language: English