A Saudi author’s fantasy book merges reality and fantasy
The protagonists of the tale are a group of individuals known as the Al-Rahala, or gypsies, who gain the power to switch between realities and traverse the multiverse. Trouble begins, however, when they lose control and are thrown into a maelstrom of realms they cannot comprehend. According to Jambi, the novel is full of symbolism… The “blood moon” mentioned in the book has several meanings, with an intriguing combination of change and chance. The moon’s blood-red hue creates a symbol of violence and unusual natural upheaval that foreshadows many events in the book. Jambi describes “earth zero” as terra nullius, territory between states and ungoverned. It is a place where wild animals roam and outcasts live. It is a controversial region although it is uninhabitable due to its important geographical location.
Jambi told Arab News, “‘Al-Rahala’ is heavily inspired by my personal experiences.” She also mentioned that she always voraciously read fantasy books and observed an absence of such literature, especially that published in Arabic by Arab authors, especially by women. Jambi also stated that she was unaware of any other Arabic literature dealing with quantum leap, lucid dreaming, and extraterrestrial worlds. She claimed that “Al-Rahala” improves the Arabic literary landscape and helps readers fall in love with the Arabic language, just like she did.
“Al-Rahala” took about eight years to write and is published by Adab Books and sold at Virgin Megastore and Jarir. The young author admitted that the book’s popularity inspired her to complete a trilogy that includes even more of her astral travels. “To all my aspiring fantasy writers, write until you perfect your craft. Don’t rush, but allow yourself to sail the oceans of imagination,” Jambi advised.