A big, exquisite novel about friendship, betrayal, nostalgia, ideals, politics, and the world as it is.
One night, a phone rings in Paris. Adam learns that Mourad, once his closest friend, is dying. He quickly throws some clothes in a suitcase and takes the first flight out, to the homeland he fled twenty-five years ago. Although in exile Adam has become a respected historian, back among the milk-white mountains of the East his past catches up with him: his childhood friends have all taken different paths in life—and some have blood on their hands. Loyalty, identity, and the clash of cultures and beliefs are at the core of this long-awaited novel by the French literary giant Amin Maalouf.