Fruit for the Crows

Ahmed Zein

Fruit for the Crows tells the story of Nura’s lover Giap (named after the Vietnamese leader) and the lives of those he knows. Their interlocking stories reveal comrades’ struggle for power in the Socialist regime of Aden, Yemen, in the 1970s and 1980s. The novel shows how old tribal allegiances won over slogans of comradeship and the common good. These slogans drew left-wing Arabs to this Yemeni city, to exile and broken dreams.




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