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The Ardent Swarm
Released the same day as the standard print edition
Title:
The Ardent Swarm
Written by:
Yamen Manai 
Read by:
Youssif Kamal 
Format:
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
Duration:
4 hours 55 minutes 
Published:
January 19 2021 
Available Date:
January 19 2021 
Age Category:
Adult 
ISBN:
9781713555513 
Genres:
Fiction; Contemporary Fiction; General Fiction; Literary Fiction 
Publisher:
Bolinda/Brilliance audio 
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'What a wonderful little book that is at once an enchantment, a hymn to nature, a warning about intolerance and the fundamentalism that threatens us, and also a great lesson in courage.'
Gérard Collard

From an award-winning Tunisian author comes a stirring allegory about a country in the aftermath of revolution and the power of a single quest.

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 humour and drama to reveal what happens in a country shaken by revolutionary change after the world stops watching.

'Yamen Manai ... speaks with the accuracy of the scientist and at the same time the fire of a poet and the imagination of the novelist.'
Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, author of Desert

'[The Ardent Swarm explores] the problems of contemporary Tunisia but [they are] approached in a very gentle, very subtle way, with a smile.'
Yvan Le Perec, France Bleu