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Author Munf, ĎAbd al-Ramn.

Uniform Title Mudun al-mil. English
Title Cities of salt / Abdelrahman Munif ; translated from the Arabic by Peter Theroux.

Imprint New York : Vintage Books, 1989.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Special Collections Eucalyptus  892.736 M925m 1989    ---  Lib Use Only
Edition 1st Vintage International ed.
Description 627 pages ; 21 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series The first volume in the Cities of salt trilogy
Munf, ĎAbd al-Ramn. Cities of salt ; 1.
Language Translation of: Mudun al-mil.
Summary ""Originally published in Beirut in 1984, this multipart epic brings to life many of the political issues that have plagued the Mideast for most of this century. Set in an unnamed Gulf country that could be Jordan sometime in the 1930s, the novel relates what happens to the Bedouin inhabitants of the small oasis community of Wadi al-Uyoun when oil is discovered by Americans. Seen through the eyes of a large and varied cast of Bedouin characters, the upheaval caused by the American colonization is shown in various manifestations, from the first contact with the strange foreigners ('Their smell could kill birds!' observes Miteb al-Hathal, who later leads a rebellion of Arab workers when the village of Harran has been made into an American port city) to confused and suspicious descriptions of the sinister 'magic' tools brought by the Americans, which are in fact bulldozers, automobiles, radios and telephones. The story unfolds at a stately pace over a timespan of many years and provides an endless stream of characters and events, each connected to the next by many threads of plot. Theroux's sensitive translation conveys the subtleties of ambiguity and nuance inherent to the Arab language and culture. Banned in several Mideast countries including Saudi Arabia, this is the first volume of a planned trilogy by a Paris-based Jordanian novelist who holds a law degree from the Sorbonne and a Ph.D. in oil economics from the University of Belgrade. Despite the Lawrence of Arabia setting, Munif writes from a unique vantage point; English-language readers have been given few opportunities before now to look at this situation through native eyes."--Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc."
Subject Americans -- Persian Gulf Region -- Fiction.
Colonization -- Fiction.
Persian Gulf Region -- Fiction.
Americans. (OCoLC)fst00807488
Colonization. (OCoLC)fst00868483
Middle East -- Persian Gulf Region. (OCoLC)fst01244349
Genre/Form Fiction. (OCoLC)fst01423787
Political fiction.
Historical fiction.
Added Author Theroux, Peter.
ISBN 039475526X

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