Pashazade/Circuitry Man

redqueenself

San Antonio, United States

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graphite pencil drawing on 9″×11″ sketchbook paper inspired by
The Arabesk Trilogy
Starting with the 2001 novel Pashazade and continuing with Effendi (2002) and Felaheen (2003), the point of divergence is in 1915, with Woodrow Wilson brokering an earlier peace so that World War I never expanded outside of the Balkans; the books are set in a liberal Islamic Ottoman North Africa in the 21st century, mainly centering on Alexandria (referred to as El Iskandriyah).

The central character, Raf, is an enigma throughout. Genetically enhanced in dozens of ways, frequently wired on various drugs, occasionally accompanied by the hallucinatory fox Tiriganiaq, and strongly conscientious in everything he does, Raf’s past is as much a mystery as his future.
The first book centres around the arrival in Alexandria of Bey Ashraf al-Mansur, claimed to be the son of the Emir of Tunis. Shortly after his arrival, though, Raf’s tendency to do exactly what he thinks is right leads to unexpected consequences. Between caring for his niece, Hani, and attempting to understand Zara — the girl he was to marry — Raf ends up suspected of his Aunt Nafisa’s murder, running from the police as he tries desperately to work out who really killed her.

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