A Shimmering Red Fish Swims with Me
Youssef Fadel, Alexander E. Elinson
By Youssef Fadel
Translated by Alexander E. Elinson
About the BookA powerful and poetic masterpiece where ordinary people’s dreams play out in a city plagued by government exploitation and crime
As his wife delivers their child in the next room, a man wakes from the nightmare of a teenage girl’s body lying beneath his bed. In this twilight before birth, Fadel’s epic novel catches us in the confusion between exaltation and despair. The girl, Farah, once dreamed of being a singer in Casablanca, a city standing in the shadow of the tallest minaret in the world. Illuminating the aspirations of those just struggling to make a living, A Shimmering Red Fish Swims with Me is a tour-de-force, a novel of power plays and petty jealousies, deceit and corruption, love and loss, written with Fadel’s masterful, narrative control and searing, historical insight.
"Fadel’s novel is deeply human and humane....astonishing" —Eric Calderwood, Asymptote Journal
"An ambitious novel in form, with captivating narrative and language, that poses questions beyond its immediate context.” —Mohamed Berrada, author of Like a Summer Never to Be Repeated