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Carl Gibeily

Blueprint for a Prophet

Blueprint for a Prophet

When streetwise young Samir, selling gum and cleaning cars on the streets of Beirut, meets the learned and gentle Jew, Jacob, a new world of ancient texts and antiquities is opened up to him.  In another corner of this troubled land, a precocious orphan, Kahled, is learning the doctrines of Muslim extremism, honing his diabolical leadership skills for a future role in a religious world war.  And in England a young girl, Maira, learns the scientific truths that set her on the road to discovering a new theory of time.  Set in the turbulent Middle East, bound in Phoenician myth and Islamic-Christian symbolism, Blueprint for a Prophet is a dazziling first novel and a fable of haunting and lasting power.

Such a rich novel‚Ķambitious, immediate and enjoyable'  

Ruth Pavey, Independent on Sunday

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