Author G. Willow Wilson signs at Powell’s Books on Monday, July 9th at 7:30PM.
In an unnamed Middle Eastern security state, Alif, a young Arab-Indian hacker, protects watched groups from surveillance and tries to stay out of trouble. As the book opens, Alif’s computer has been breached by the Hand, the state’s electronic security force, and the woman Alif loves has jilted him for a prince. When it turns out that the prince is the Hand, and the state security forces come after Alif, he must go underground, all while trying to fight back against a piece of code the Hand is using to create the most sophisticated state surveillance ever developed. Reminiscent of the novels of Neal Stephenson, Philip Pullman, and Neil Gaiman, Alif the Unseen (Grove) is a sophisticated blend of philosophy, technology, and spirituality disguised as an irresistible page-turner.
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Writer G. Willow Wilson signs at Harvard Book Store on Wednesday July 18, 2012 at 7:00 PM.
Harvard Book Store is pleased to welcome graphic novelist and memoirist G. WILLOW WILSON for a reading of her new book, Alif the Unseen.
In an unnamed Middle Eastern security state, a young Arab-Indian hacker shields his clients—dissidents, outlaws, Islamists, and other watched groups—from surveillance and tries to stay out of trouble. He goes by Alif—the first letter of the Arabic alphabet, and a convenient handle to hide behind. The aristocratic woman Alif loves has jilted him for a prince chosen by her parents, and his computer has just been breached by the State’s electronic security force, putting his clients and his own neck on the line. Then it turns out his lover’s new fiancé is the head of State security, and his henchmen come after Alif, driving him underground.
When Alif discovers The Thousand and One Days, the secret book of the jinn, which both he and the Hand suspect may unleash a new level of information technology, the stakes are raised and Alif must struggle for life or death, aided by forces seen and unseen. With shades of Neal Stephenson, Neil Gaiman, Philip Pullman, and The Thousand and One Nights, Alif the Unseen is a tour de force—a sophisticated melting pot of ideas, philosophy, religion, technology and spirituality smuggled inside an irresistible page-turner.
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