• Imprint: Saqi Books
  • ISBN: 9780863563201
  • Published: October 2002
  • UK Price: £5.95
  • US Price: $12.50
  • Format: 135mm x 210mm
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Extent: 112pp
  • Subject:

A Love Story

Ghazi A. Algosaibi

Through a sequence of dreams, flashbacks and conversations, Yacoub Iryan, a dying novelist, reflects upon his life, his achievements and his passionate, yet fleeting love affair with a married woman. Lying in his hospital bed, Iryan’s conversations with his witty nurse, Helen, his earnest doctors and his fellow patients, paint the picture of a man obsessed with a memory that is fading as fast as his body grows weaker. A Love Story is a poignant reflection on passionate, enduring love and the joys and tragedies of life.

About the Author

Ghazi Algosaibi has published over twenty works in Arabic and is a writer of both poetry and prose. His works in translation include the novel Seven and the collection of poems Dusting the Colour from Roses, both published by Saqi Books.


‘In this novel love has a generic, fabulous quality. Poignant and poetic, A Love Story provides the English reader with a view of an unfamiliar side of modern Saudi culture, one which is refreshingly at odds with the current climate of international misunderstanding.’ Times Literary Supplement

‘Reading A Love Story is a purely pleasurable experience. Algosaibi’s language retains the lyrical freshness that comes from his poetry. A fragile and touching vision, with much gentle humour, it should be enjoyed in a single sitting and leave the reader wanting more.’ Richard Woffenden, Cairo Times