A Pure Heart A Novel By Rajia Hassib. Hassib's clear-eyed knowledge of Egyptian history and politics are impressive and skillfully handled. Maybe there are no pure monsters. Though we often want pure villains to blame, Hassib's novel reminds us that humans are much more complex than that. "A Pure Heart" is a beautiful exploration of grief, guilt, and how misguided faith can lead to great tragedy. Maybe there are parts in each one of us that could be monstrous under the right circumstances.