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RIYADH: Saudi author Kendah Jambi bridges the gap between fantasy and reality in her sold-out Arabic novel ‘Al-Rahala’.

The story revolves around a group of people called Al-Rahala, or nomads, who develop the ability to shift reality and travel across the multiverse.

However, trouble arises when they lose control and end up being catapulted into a whirlwind of realms beyond their comprehension.

Speaking to Arab News, the 22-year-old author said: “I have been drowning in finding all the relevant topics that can affect the script and plot-building, such as quantum leap, lucid dreaming , the change of reality, history and mythology”.

Kendah Jambi started working on the book in high school and faced several hurdles before launching the book in December 2021. “Al-Rahala” is published by Adab Books and is available from Jarir and Virgin Megastore. (Provided)

In 1913, Danish physicist Niels Bohr proposed the concept of a quantum leap, laying the foundation for quantum physics and the idea of ​​a multiverse where realities can coexist.

Jambi said, “’Al-Rahala’ is heavily inspired by my personal experiences in the land of waking dreams. I started having lucid dreams, dreams I can control through consciousness as an escape mechanism, realizing that the reality I visit in my sleep is a world of wonder I want people to see through my eyes.

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• Kendah Jamb said, “I was drowned in researching all relevant topics that could affect the storyline and plot construction, such as quantum leap, lucid dreaming, reality shift, story and mythology.”

• She said, “The novel is heavily inspired by my personal experiences in waking dreamland. I started having lucid dreams, dreams I can control through consciousness as an escape mechanism, realizing that the reality I visit in my sleep is a world of wonder I want people to see through my eyes.

“I’ve always been an avid reader of the fantasy genre. However, I noticed a lack of such books, especially those written in Arabic by Arab writers, especially women.

Jambi said she is unaware of any other book in Arabic that sheds light on quantum leap, lucid dreaming, and worlds beyond our own.

The author said she wrote “Al-Rahala” with the aim of enriching the Arabic writing scene and helping readers fall in love with the Arabic language – just like she did.

Jambi started working on the book in high school and faced several hurdles before launching the book in December 2021.

“Most of the challenges I faced while writing the book were simplifying my research and putting it into simple terms that set the stage for what adventurous nomads call kingdoms,” he said. she stated.

“Safe to say due to the difficulties of such a critical time, it took me about eight years to wrap up ‘Al-Rahala’, especially since my time from high school to college, peer pressure, constant stress exams and career paths interrupted my progress for a while.

Jambi said the book is rich in symbols, such as “blood moon” and “earth zero”.

“The blood moon symbolizes many things. It’s an interesting mix of change and luck. Combine that with the crimson red hue of the moon, and you get a marker of violence and strange disturbances in nature, foreshadowing many of the events that unfold in the book,” Jambi said.

Earth zero is considered terra nullius, a land that lies between nations and is ruled by no one, she said. It is a land infested with beasts and a home to outcasts. Although uninhabitable, it is a region in conflict due to its strategic geographical location.

“Al-Rahala” is published by Adab Books and is available from Jarir and Virgin Megastore.

“At the beginning, I was rejected by most publishing houses for different reasons, and those who accepted my work had very high publication costs for a student like me. Fortunately, my family believed in me and supported me throughout the process,” she said.

The young author revealed that the success of the book encouraged her to complete a trilogy that captures even more of her adventures on the astral plane.

“To all my aspiring fantasy writers, write until you perfect your craft. Don’t rush, but allow yourself to sail the oceans of imagination,” Jambi said.

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