A former intelligence agent stands accused of terrorism, held without charge in a secret overseas prison.
His memoir is in the hands of a brilliant but erratic psychologist whose annotations paint a much darker picture. As the story unravels, we are forced to assess the truth for ourselves, and decide not only what really happened on one fateful overseas assignment but who is the real terrorist. Peopled by a diverse and unforgettable cast of characters, whose reliability as narrators is always questioned, and with a multi-layered plot heaving with unexpected and often shocking developments, Jihadi: A Love Story is an intelligent thriller that asks big questions.
Complex, intriguing and intricately woven, this is an astonishing debut that explores the nature of good and evil alongside notions of nationalism, terrorism and fidelity, and, above all, the fragility of the human mind.
`Smart and searing' Publishers Weekly
'Captivating, remarkably original ... it is a book of our time' Edward Wilson
`An exquisitely drawn debut that twists and turns to its stunning conclusion' Cal Moriarty
`Jihadi is a gripping tale if a clash of cultures and individuals told with panache, dazzling wit and remorseless intelligence' Willian Ryan
`Intelligently written and multi-layered ... simply enchanting' Qaisra Shahraz
`Bold and skilfully executed ... bravely tackles a complex and timely subject' Frankie Gaffney
AUTHOR: Yusuf Toropov is an American Muslim writer. He's the author or co-author of a number of nonfiction books, including Shakespeare for Beginners. His full-length play An Undivided Heart was selected for a workshop production at the National Playwrights Conference, and his one-act play The Job Search was produced off-Broadway. Jihadi: A Love Story, which reached the quarter-finals of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, is his first novel. He is currently living in Ireland. You can visit his website: yusuftoporov.blogpost.com or follow him on Twitter @LiteraryStriver