Lavie Tidhar is never one to shy away from the controversial. In fact I think he courts it somewhat. I try to invite him to be part of things here quite often because I know he'll give me an answer usually miles away from everyone else. Tidhar's mind is a strange one and I've always wondered if he was born that way or if it was through experiences. He has certainly lived a interesting life having traveled and stayed in many different countries, which clearly influenced his latest work. When I first heard the title of his next limited edition book Osama I was immediately put-off. Why would I want to read about that guy? But upon learning more about the story and Lavie's reason's for writing it Osama does sound quite interesting. It was born out of Tidhar's many close calls with Al-Qaeda over the years while traveling and living aboard. Here is the synopsis for Osama:
In a world without global terrorism Joe, a private detective, is hired by a mysterious woman to find a man: the obscure author of pulp fiction novels featuring one Osama Bin Laden: Vigilante...Osama will be out in the Fall from PS Publishing as a limited edition hardcover. Also, Tidhar's lighter fair includes the just released Camera Obscura in his Bookman Histories series of Steampunk adventures.
Joe’s quest to find the man takes him across the world, from the backwaters of Asia to the European Capitals of Paris and London, and as the mystery deepens around him there is one question he is trying hard not to ask: who is he, really, and how much of the books is fiction? Chased by unknown assailants, Joe’s identity slowly fragments as he discovers the shadowy world of the refugees, ghostly entities haunting the world in which he lives. Where do they come from? And what do they want? Joe knows how the story should end, but even he is not ready for the truths he’ll find in New York and, finally, on top a quiet hill above Kabul – nor for the choice he will at last have to make...
In Osama, Lavie Tidhar brilliantly delves into the post-9/11 global subconscious, mixing together elements of film noir, non-fiction, alternative history and international thriller to create an unsettling – yet utterly compelling – portrayal of our times.
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