A Review of The Perception of Meaning by Hisham Bustani

A Review of The Perception of Meaning by Hisham Bustani

A Review of The Perception of Meaning by Hisham Bustani

Bustani’s work is experimental, literary fiction with a razor edge, slicing the tops off of familiar myths, tales, legends, and then, transforming them into visceral, grotesque fables. Hisham Bustani, known in the Arab world for his contemporary, “surreal” view, draws widely upon film, history, politics and literature for inspiration in his flash fiction. Thoraya El-Rayyes, the translator and a writer herself, has translated an intellectually ambitious book, which balances on the tightrope between a philosophical text and linguistic play, into fluid, lyrical English.