notices for theft and related offences, including fare evasion, have increased from 698 in 2012/13 to 2468 in 2013/14.
Garrett's determination to escape his history locks him into a near-eternity of sequential time; his determination to escape the consequences of his violence commits him to centuries of expiation.
For both orders, history is guilt and existence is expiation.
The novel will amply satisfy the Western fascination with what are considered to be culturally specific traits of Arab society: polygyny, the institution of the hareem, the obsession with sons, co-wives' curses and their bizarre expiations
, which in this case include hair-raising climbs into one of the great pyramids.
At the same time the author sees the poet aiming at a series of reconciliations and expiations
of public and private concerns and of seeking a poetic resolution of inner tensions met with in familial, local and national histories.