The Kindness of EnemiesBook - 2015
It's 2010 and Natasha, a half Russian, half Sudanese professor of history, is researching the life of Imam Shamil, the 19th century Muslim leader who led the anti-Russian resistance in the Caucasian War. When shy, single Natasha discovers that her star student, Oz, is not only descended from the warrior but also possesses Shamil's priceless sword, the Imam's story comes vividly to life. As Natasha's relationship with Oz and his alluring actress mother intensifies, Natasha is forced to confront issues she had long tried to avoid - that of her Muslim heritage. Told with Aboulela's inimitable elegance and narrated from the point of view of both Natasha and the historical characters she is researching, this is both an engrossing story of a provocative period in history and an important examination of what it is to be a Muslim in a post 9/11 world.
Publisher: New York, New York : Grove Press, ©2015.
Characteristics: 338 pages ;,24 cm