Skip to content Skip to navigation

Arch & The Butterfly - Mohamed Achari



Publisher: Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing

Arch & The Butterfly

The Arch and the Butterfly
An epic and emotional novel of social and political change in Morocco.

See details

Added to your shopping bag
Free Shipping over AED 350


 (a) Deliveries are made between Saturday and Thursday and will be undertaken by a third party appointed by Virgin for and on behalf of Virgin. Virgin makes every effort to dispatch Products on time. If the ordered Products are not delivered within the time period Virgin specified in the confirmation email, please contact Virgin’s Customer Services quoting the order reference contained in your order confirmation email.

 (b) Delivery occurs when the ordered Products are delivered to the delivery address you specified when placing your order. At this point, responsibility for loss, breakage and damage passes to you. Ownership of Products purchased passes to you when payment is received by Virgin in full. You will be asked to sign for acceptance of the Products which will note that the Products are correct and have been received in good condition.

 (c) If you are not at the delivery address, Virgin will assume that any adults that are present at the delivery address are authorized by you to take delivery of the Products that you have ordered. If above criteria are not met or if there is no one at the delivery address, Virgin will not leave the Products at the delivery address. Virgin will contact you to arrange an alternative delivery time.

 (d) Please note that the delivery people will only deliver the Products to your front door.

Virgin does not deliver to any residence outside of the United Arab Emirates.

Product details

Winner of the prestigious International Prize for Arabic Fiction - The Arab Booker 2011. As he prepares to leave for work one morning, Youssef al-Firsiwi finds a mysterious letter under his door. In a single devastating line he learns that his only son, Yacine, whom he believed to be studying engineering in Paris, has been killed in Afghanistan fighting with the Islamist resistance. Yousif, the son of a cross-cultural marriage between his Moroccan father and German-born mother, is quickly caught up in a mesh of family tragedies that reflect the changing world he lives in. He turns for support to his friends Ahmad and Ibrahim, themselves enmeshed in ever more complex business and criminal dealings, and he struggles to reconnect with his father. With his world already shattered, and finding himself abandoned by his wife for another man, Yousif begins to question everything including his own values and identity.

Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing


Number of Pages 320


A wonderful novel with great literary quality that deals with important and realistic problems in the Middle East, problems which have been reflected on banners during the protests that have shaken the Arab world, demanding change IPAF Judging Panel Achaari is a poet and this is definitely visible in his fiction writing Khaleej Times The result is an impressive, if bleak, fictional exploration into the roots of radical Islam - and the difficulties challenging it. -- David Evans The Independent