Shumaisi

Shumaisi

Description

The year is 1970, a period of crisis in the Arab world. Twenty-year-old Hisham has left home for the Saudi-Arabian capital Riyadh, where he's enrolled at university to study politics and economics. But this city has more than academic qualifications to offer a man of Hisham's mettle, and he soon discovers a strange underworld of alcohol and prostitution where fear, pleasure and politics merge. Here hospitals prove the richest cruising grounds, the desert is the place for illicit couplings, and now Hisham is spying on the bedroom activities of his next-door-neighbour's wife, who has taken to leaving her door ajar...Meanwhile, Hisham's disillusioned childhood friend Adnan abandons his artistic ambitions in favour of a loftier cause - Islamism. The two friends - who rapidly grow estranged - come to symbolise the opposite extremes of life in a repressive closed society.


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Details

Author(s)
Turki Al-Hamad, Paul Starkey
Format
Paperback | 246 pages
Dimensions
135 x 210 x 18.29mm | 268g
Publication date
02 Mar 2005
Publisher
SAQI BOOKS
Publication City/Country
London, United Kingdom
Language
English
ISBN10
0863569110
ISBN13
9780863569111
Bestsellers rank
901,126