Happy Book Birthday to The Legend of Baraffo by Moez Surani! | Book*hug Press

Happy Book Birthday to The Legend of Baraffo by Moez Surani!

Today, we’re so excited to be celebrating the release of The Legend of Baraffo by Moez Surani!

Happy Book Birthday to The Legend of Baraffo by Moez Surani!

We’re so thrilled to be welcoming this novel from Moez Surani, a beautiful fable that we can’t wait for readers to meet. Surani has four previously published collections of poetry, Reticent Bodies (2009), Floating Life (2012), Operations (2016), and Are the Rivers in Your Poems Real (2019), two of which were published by Book*hug Press and we are so happy to be releasing Surani’s debut novel.

Surani shared this video to introduce readers to The Legend of Baraffo in anticipation of the book’s release.

Advance Praise for The Legend of Baraffo

The Legend of Baraffo is a lucid dream of a novel, a fable fierce in its moral clarity and gorgeous at the line level. In the town of Baraffo, Moez Surani has created a place so rich in sensory detail, so wonderfully alive, as to be unforgettable. There is so much here about the nuances of longing and belonging, of intimacy and subjugation, all of it crafted from the simplest human connections—a conversation, a shared meal, a card game. This is a beautiful book, written by a bright new literary talent.”
—Omar El Akkad, Scotiabank Giller Prize–winning author of What Strange Paradise

“Seamlessly pivoting from fairy tale to one of caution, Surani’s novel is a sly exploration of power and all that’s crushed to maintain it. His language is hypnotic and lush from beginning to end.”
—Monique Truong, author of The Sweetest Fruits

“Moez Surani’s The Legend of Baraffo is about revolution and love, political will and will not, hunger striking, friendship, and tender romance. It’s about imprisonment, charisma and wit, wordplay and poetry, and the unrelenting search for what is just. Babello, a political prisoner, and Mazzu, an orphan training to be Mayor, are as vivid as any two characters you are ever going to meet. They are indelible and deep and burn bright. This novel is like a lamp underground—it’s absolutely brilliant.”
—Lisa Moore, author of This Is How We Love

That’s all for now, dear reader. Please join us again in wishing a very Happy Book Birthday to The Legend of Baraffo by Moez Surani. Available now from our online shop or from your local independent bookstore. Happy reading!

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