"The only serious work of fiction that tries to show the effect of oil, Americans and the local oligarchy on a Gulf country."--Edward W. SaidPrésentation de l'éditeur :
Banned in Saudia Arabia, this is a blistering look at Arab and American hypocrisy following the discovery of oil in a poor oasis community.
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Description du livre Nov 17, 1988. État : Used: Good. Ex-library book, usual markings. Hardback with dust cover. Clean copy, sound binding. Quick dispatch from UK seller. N° de réf. du libraire M01_2696_BD_01/15_
Description du livre Jonathan Cape. Hardcover. État : VERY GOOD. Very Good copy, cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. Binding may have light creases. Lots of life left in these pages. N° de réf. du libraire 2615809224
Description du livre Jonathan Cape Ltd, London, 1988. Hard Back. État : As New. Etat de la jaquette : Very Good. First English Edition. 627 Pages. No defects noted to this bright tight book with flawless interior text pages. Dust Jacket flap p rice is intact. Cities of Salt was first published in Beirut in 1984 where it was praised as a masterwork of contemporary Arabic literature. Possessed of panoramic scope and incisive originality, it provides a spell-binding evocation of Bedouin life, that reveals and humanises a society that has for too long been misunderstood by the West. Set in an unnamed Persian Gulf kingdom in the 1930s, where oil has recently been discovered, the story tells of the disruption and diaspora of a poor oasis community. As the Americans colonize this remote region, Abdelrahman Munif portrays their cultural confrontation with the Arabs, in which religion, history, superstition and mutual incomprehension all play a part. This powerful political novel by a major Jordanian writer has been banned in several Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia. It is the first volume in a trilogy. The author was born in Jordan in 1933 into a trading family of Saudi Arabian origin. He was stripped of his Saudi Arabian citizenship for political reasons. He earned a licence in law from Baghdad and Cairo universities, and his Ph. D. in oil economics from the University of Belgrade. During his career in the field of oil, he served as director of crude oil marketing. In Baghdad he was editor-in-chief of AlNaft; Oil and Development, a monthly periodical. He now devotes his time to the writing of novels. Peter Theroux was born in Boston in 1956 and educated at Harvard and the American University of Cairo. He has lived and travelled in Iraq, Syria and Saudi Arabia. Size: 5 1/2" X 8 3/4". N° de réf. du libraire 16611
Description du livre Jonathan Cape, London, 1988. Black cloth hard Copy. État : Good. Etat de la jaquette : Good -. First Britiish Edition. ARCHIVAL COVERING FOR PROTECTION AND ENHANCEMENT. Some wear to d/j to no chipping. pages age darkened as would be expected of book of this age. Pages cleaen, clear type, binding type. Ex library book with library stmap in 2 places and iside front cover evidence of libary slip envelop being removed. Originally published in 1984 in Lebanon, English translation copy right in 1987 and pubished in Great Britian in 1988. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. N° de réf. du libraire 506181