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: In this provocative and dreamyÂ parable, a young man disillusioned by the corruption of his homelandÂ sets out on a quest to findÂ Gebel, the land of perfection, from which no one has ever returned. On his way, Ibn Fattouma passes through a series of very differentÂ lands--realms where the moon is worshipped, where marriage does not exist, where kings are treated like gods, and where freedom, toleration,Â and justice are alternately held as the highest goods. All of these places, however, are inevitably marredÂ by the specter of war, and Ibn Fattouma finds himself continually driven onward, ever seeking.Â Like the protagonists ofÂ A Pilgrim's Progress
Â and Gulliver's Travels,
NaguibÂ Mahfouz's hero travels not through any recognizable historical landscape, but through timeless aspects ofÂ humanÂ possibility.