Garnet Publishing is pleased to annouce that it has acquired the world English rights to the novel A Land without Jasmine by the renowned Yemeni novelist Wajdi al-Ahdal, translated by William Maynard Hutchins.
A Land without Jasmin is a sexy, satirical detective story about the disappearance of a young woman student from Yemen’s Sanaa University. Each chapter is narrated by a different character, beginning with Jasmine herself. The mystery surrounding her disappearance comes into clearer focus with each self-serving and idiosyncratic account provided by an acquaintance, family member, or detective. The hallucinatory ending, although appropriately foreshadowed, may come as a Sufi surprise for the reader. Less mystically inclined readers may want to reread this tale to construct an alternative ending. This short novel has echoes of both the Sherlock Holmes stories and The Catcher in the Rye, because in addition to the mystery and a murder, the novel contains candid discussions of coming of age in a land of sexual repression, in a land without Jasmine. Wajdi al-Ahdal is a satirical author with a fresh and provocative voice and an excellent eye for telling details.
Wajdi Muhammad Abduh al-Ahdal is a Yemeni novelist, author of short stories, screenwriter, and dramatist. Born in 1973, he received a degree in literature from Sanaa University. He won the Afif prize for the short story in 1997, a gold medal for a dramatic text in the Festival for Arab Youth in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1998, and the youth prize of the President of the Republic of Yemen for the short story in 1999. He is currently employed in Dar al-Kutub, the National Library in Sanaa.