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Osama
02 Sep 2021 * EBOOK * £7.99 * 9781800245105

A private detective pursues a mysterious quarry – Osama Bin Laden: Vigilante – in the 10th-anniversary edition of Lavie Tidhar's World Fantasy Award-winning metafictional novel.

Fiction / FM (Fantasy)
Extent: 400 pages
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Winner of the World Fantasy Award

Tenth Anniversary Edition, with a new introduction and three extra stories.

It's a rainy day when the woman approaches Joe. He is a private detective and she is looking for someone, as these things often go. Her quarry is the obscure author of a series of pulp novels featuring one Osama bin Laden: Vigilante.

Joe's quest will take him across the world in search of the writer. And every step of the way – from the backwaters of Laos to Paris and London – he is plagued, by assailants he cannot name, by questions he cannot hope to answer and by ghostly entities he cannot seem to shake.

Joe knows how the story should end, but even he is not ready for the truths he will find in New York and atop a quiet hill above Kabul, nor for the choice he will have to make there...

Lavie Tidhar was born just ten miles from Armageddon and grew up on a kibbutz in northern Israel. He has since made his home in London, where he is currently a Visiting Professor and Writer in Residence at Richmond University. He won the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize for Best British Fiction, was twice longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award and was shortlisted for the CWA Dagger Award and the Rome Prize. He co-wrote Art and War: Poetry, Pulp and Politics in Israeli Fiction, and is a columnist for the Washington Post.

Winner of the 2012 World Fantasy Award.

Includes two new chapters.


'Bears comparison with the best of Philip K. Dick's paranoid alternate-history fantasies. It's beautifully written and undeniably powerful' Financial Times

Osama is an ingenious inversion of modern history: Osama bin Laden is the central character in a string of pulp novels allegedly written by one Mike Longschott. The terrorist crimes exist, in this novel, in a different realm... Excellent, evocative and atmospheric' Christopher Priest, award-winning novelist and author of The Prestige

'An awesome book, dark, twisty alt-universe terrorist noir' Lauren Beukes, bestselling author of Zoo City

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