by Seán Burke
‘You do not know the dangers of beauty to these men,’ a local policeman warns. Thirty-one-year-old Sally Vyse, a former music journalist, makes a one-way journey from London to Somaliland, carrying with her the deeds to an old colonial mansion that she inherited from her late mother. She is received by Ibram, a young Islamist and leader of a small band of jihadists who have set up base in the mansion. A powerful sexual attraction develops between them, and, at the same time, Sally bonds with an eleven-year-old boy who is being trained up as a suicide bomber.
But why has this white, middle-class Londoner with no political or religious affiliations made this perilous journey in the first place? And why does she turn down the opportunity to escape when death becomes the likely outcome?
Length: 290 pages
Dimensions: 13 x 20 cm
Price: 50 RON
Cover photo: Andrei Frunea / Cătălin Furtună / Naomi Pop