Banned in Saudia Arabia, this is a blistering look at Arab and American hypocrisy following the discovery of oil in a poor oasis community. It was the opening sentence of John Updike’s review of Saudi dissident Abdelrahman Munif’s novel Cities of Salt in the New Yorker October 17, As the. English]. Cities of salt: a novel/ Abdelrahman Munif; translated from the. Arabic by Peter Therouxst Vintage International cd. p. cm. Translation of: Cities of salt.

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The meeting of Arabs and the Americans who, in essence, colonized the remote region is a cultural confrontation in which religion, history, superstition, and mutual incomprehension all play Set in an unnamed Persian Gulf kingdom in the s, this remarkable novel tells the story of the disruption and diaspora of a poor oasis community following the discovery of oil there.

Paperbackpages. As for Amir, who knows nothing of the modern state, these notions escape it completely. It seems to feel fear. On the other hand, the presence of the West in the region favored the outbreak of the modernization process as the capitalist development of theories that brings together government sectors and institutions. To better illustrate the thought of Bakhtin and highlight its originality, it should be noted first that the definition of Kant gives space and time in his Transcendental Aesthetic.

This gift that I brought from afar to your Majesty, will carry the world in you and will transport you to the world to the farthest point … while remaining in your place. The people begin to believe that the depths of the earth are better than its face, when oil is worth more than life giving water. Oct 20, Indran Fernando rated it it was ok.

It is not a single kind of antagonist which drives this story, because the unbraiding plot powerfully captures the spirit of the people—their flaws and evils being integral parts of who they are. There is an asymmetry of information. Their only contact with the outside world is via caravans coming from places like Egypt, Damascus, Basra, and Aleppo. Government and general public are wary of Western influences that might corrupt their heart and mind.

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After Arab solidarity will be broken by the desire of the various Arab regimes to protect local interests. He is perceived mumif be colluding with the American company to settle the death of Mizban. And there are better books about the social evolution of the modern Mideast. We are introduced to Miteb and his wife and children, who will disappear as other characters are introduced in episodic fashion.

Iran is still a theocratic country mjnif Saudi Arabia has monarchies. Zahraa rated it it was ok Nov 16, Abdulrahman rated it it was ok Sep 18, The Emir, as we reported earlier, belongs to a culture that has not had contact with the new technology and that involves new relationship with the world. The telescope affects not only the subjectivity of the Emir but it also alters the dimensions of time and space, and therefore the given consciousness.

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As the emir watches one of the ships through his telescope and informs others that he can see naked women cavorting on it, “the men’s lewd thoughts erupted and flew over this long distance abdelrahmn reach the ship and touch the women’s bodies clothed like a ball of fire.

The naphtha we find is enough to light these lamps of ours that choke you with fumes before they shed light. However, a bad compass reading or negligence of the barometer will be expensive.

The novel face the modernization and development The modernization of Arab society has not done everywhere and neither at the same time nor in the same conditions. God taught man what it did not know.


I dread the long novel for these reasons. Just complete our simple order form and you could have your customised English Literature work in your email box, in as little as 3 hours. For example, to abdelgahman returning Fawaz, “Wadi seems to be a place he had never seen before. Technology remains ssalt to them.

An old woman whose son has left with a caravan several years earlier and helplessly waits for his return, now having lost her home, dies of grief.

Essay UK – http: Very well written, BUT I hated most abdelrzhman it. It was first published in Beirut in and was immediately recognized as a major work of Arab literature. In the book, petrodollars perpetuate oppressions.

The economic impact in the Arab countries of oil, particularly in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, will promote increased economic integration based on the exchange of labor between poor and overpopulated countries and the oil-rich country and under populated.

But cons, it refuses to consider them as final data.

In conclusion, it is on two sides of the war. After the war ofthe modern Arabic novel takes a new direction that in this article I will try to identify and define. When the waters come in, the first waves will dissolve the salt and reduce these great glass cities to dust.

The harping on petroleum, however, was not the kind of thing that bothered Munif himself. Dec 06, Miranda rated it abedlrahman was ok. The final note concerns the death of the Emir or Sultan. Desert of darkness This speaks volume of the governmental system which, through a war machine formed by the Americans was strengthened on sapt foundations.

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