Called an ""autobiographical novel"" -- but rates the same sort of audience that San Michele had. I thought it far and away a better book than the author's Via Mala, more tightly knit story, more clear cut, better paced. It is profoundly philosophical, has something of the appeal, in that vein, that The Fountain has. The character of Dr. Ibrahim, Egyptian physician, is, presumably fictitious, but carries over a sense of reality, in the story of his struggles from poverty to success, not only as a surgeon, but as a human being, a pioneer of his stand for the integrity and identity of his race. Fascinating and unique in background -- a good story, with a thread of romance, and a deeper passion for an ideal. An attack on the vices of bureaucracy, favoritism, injustice, the weaknesses of the conqueror nation. Sell to those who became interested in Knittel, through Via Mala -- to your local physicians, scientists, humanitarians -- to those who want a thoughtful and challenging book.