The Life of Butterflies

Youssef Fadel

The Life of Butterflies attempts to fill gaps left in the history books with its account of the 1972 attempted coup in Morocco and subsequent events. Set in Casablanca, it begins with Salem, a singer, being asked to read the official statement of the coup on the radio, after he had arrived to record a song. Events are divided according to the days of the week with each day given a special title. The novel explores how power works and offers in-depth psychological portraits of its characters, whose destinies are interwoven. 




2021 Longlist