Published : 22 January 2014
192 pages
N° ISBN : 978-2-91635-598-6

Gabriel Malika

Gabriel Malika has been living in the Middle East for more than a decade. From Beirut through Jeddah to Karachi, he has absorbed the beauty and complexity of this tumultuous region. After the success of Les Meilleures Intentions du monde (With the Best Intentions in the World), published in 2011 by editions Intervalles, Qatarina is his second novel.


In Qarabia, a small monarchy in the Middle East rich in oil, John Summerbee, an art teacher recently arrived from the United States, crosses paths with Qatarina, the pretty manager of the Qarabian Ministry of Tourism. What brings them together? A unique exhibition celebrating Qarabian culture that John’s students are responsible for designing prior to the hole-ball World Cup, soon to take place in Qarabia. But as preparations proceed, John and Qatarina find themselves in the midst of a dangerous game whose rules they have no control over.

The year is 2022, hole-ball is the most popular sport in the world and Qarabia is the centre of a relentless power game. Any resemblance to persons or situations not yet in existence is purely coincidental. Or is it?