The Ardent Swarm by Yamen Manai – Powerful Allegory Set In North Africa

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The Ardent Swarm by Yamen Manai
Book Information

Author: Yamen Manai
Genre: Translated Literature From French | Political Fiction & Allegory | Books Set In North Africa
Pages: 174
Publisher: Amazon Crossing
Publication Date: February 1, 2021 (Original French Publication: 2017)
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The Ardent Swarm by Yamen Manai Summary

Sidi lives a hermetic life as a bee whisperer, tending to his beloved “girls” on the outskirts of the desolate North African village of Nawa. He wakes one morning to find that something has attacked one of his beehives, brutally killing every inhabitant. Heartbroken, he soon learns that a mysterious swarm of vicious hornets committed the mass murder—but where did they come from, and how can he stop them? If he is going to unravel this mystery and save his bees from annihilation, Sidi must venture out into the village and then brave the big city and beyond in search of answers.

Along the way, he discovers a country and a people turned upside down by their new post–Arab Spring reality as Islamic fundamentalists seek to influence votes any way they can on the eve of the country’s first democratic elections. To succeed in his quest, and find a glimmer of hope to protect all that he holds dear, Sidi will have to look further than he ever imagined.

In this brilliantly accessible modern-day parable, Yamen Manai uses a masterful blend of humor and drama to reveal what happens in a country shaken by revolutionary change after the world stops watching.

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More About Author, Yamen Manai

Yamen Manai is a Tunisian author and engineer living in Paris. The Ardent Swarm is his first novel translated into English.

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