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Amjad Nasser's Haythu la Tasqut al-Amtar, or Where the Rain doesn't Fall (Dar al-Adab, Beirut), is one of the best books I've read in a long time. Nasser is an inspired poet and this work takes the precision and economy of his language into prose narrative for the first time. Gentle, sad, hopeful - a poet writing prose at his mature best. Watch out for the English translation.
Delightful and profound. Like any great work of real literature, LAND OF NO RAIN addresses the living in order to open a window for dialogue with the dead...' - Elias Khoury
Land of No Rain stands out as a poignant and subtly disquieting study of exile and duality and the consequent hollowness of a fractured existence away from the land of one’s birth.
A story of the exacting personal and emotional cost of political exile and belated return to a fictional Middle Eastern country ruled by the military
Amjad Nasser, a Jordanian poet born in 1955, has written numerous volumes of poetry and several travel memoirs. He has worked for newspapers in Beirut and Cyprus and since 1987 he has lived in London where he is managing editor and cultural editor of Al-Quds Al-Arabi daily newspaper. Land of No Rain is his first novel.