The Golem and the Jinni

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The Golem and the Jinni is the Debut novel by Helene Wecker. combines themes from the Islamic and Jewish literature in the setting of late 19th century America.  In a way the Golem who is from Danzing Germany and the Jinni who is from Syria are immigrants to the new world. Here is what the New York Times has to say about the novel.

History, magic and religion braid together in old New York’s tenements while the lives of the widowed golem and the freed jinni unfold. Both are sleepless; both quickly find lodging and employment and receive names from the humans who accept their true natures — the golem is known as Chava, or “life”; the jinni is Ahmad. These relatively small moments open up into a languorous meditation-by-example on the nature of humanity, desire, conscience and free will.

Thanks to M.M for the pointers.

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