Through the novel, Husseini gave a scientific cultural and literal dose to the readers
Souls Exchange Kisses’ by novelist Mohammad Bassam Al-Husseini ends with page 158, which is partially incomplete. The reader can either end the story assuming the main character’s death or leave it to one’s imagination. The novel revolves around our main character, a highly educated girl who suffers leukemia, and during her treatment, she platonically falls in love with her doctor who does not know about her feelings for him.
As the story progresses, the doctor realizes his patient’s love for reading and suggests her to write about self-recovery. During the treatment, three females suffering from cancer are murdered while being under treatment. These crimes attract the attention of our main character and she starts working towards identifying the culprit with the help of the media. Soon, the culprit is identified. The culprit had become a nurse after her daughter died of cancer. She assumes that killing cancer patients is a way to aid them by ending their suffering. Later, the condition of our main character worsens, and she discovers that the doctor is married and has a family, but believes that love is the meeting of souls without the body knowing about it.
Through the novel, Husseini gave a scientific cultural and literal dose to the readers as he explained every detail very innovatively. For example, Ricin, which was used in the killing, was explained through the characters as part of their conversation. Husseini also used things such as palm reading, through which he wanted to prove that no matter how advanced a man gets, when he loses hope, he seeks for mysterious ways to revive that lost hope.
Novelist Mohammad Al-Husseini made a clear change in the art of writing, through the maturity of the characters. His writing definitely made the reader experience the events in the novel in a realistic way. Husseini created a process of coalescence between the reader and the words ‘souls exchange kisses’. “Our mother is our life’s main asset, if she goes away, our lives turn into a city of asylums,” said Husseini.