"While illustrating his novel with local examples from that time, al-Muwaylihi’s effective critique is as broad and relevant as much classical Western satire; surprisingly much of it feels very modern, the various arguments and examples easily imaginable in contemporary settings…a cohesive (and still very far-reaching) work that also offers a lot of entertainment value. It’s an enjoyable read, with some great anecdotes and very funny scenes—and a lot of interesting arguments.”
—The Complete Review
"[Allen's] craftsmanship is on full display in these magisterial translations... of supreme literary complexity."
—Journal of Arabic Literature
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