Toy of Fire

Bachir Mefti

Toy of Fire

Toy of Fire is the story of a meeting between the novelist, Bachir Mefti, and a mysterious character called Ridha Shawish, who presents Mefti with a manuscript containing his autobiography. Shawish’s goal in life has always been not to turn out like his father, who ran a prison in the seventies and committed suicide in the eighties. However, circumstances or fate drive him to follow in his father’s footsteps, resulting in him becoming a leading member of a secret organisation.


For a detailed critique of the novel by journalist Anwar Hamed, click here.


2012 Shortlist