Munira’s Bottle

A Saudi Arabian Novel

Yousef Al-Mohaimeed
Translated byAnthony Calderbank

In Riyadh, against the events of the second Gulf War and Saddam’s invasion of Kuwait, we learn the story of Munira—with the gorgeous eyes—and th

English edition
30 June 2014
224 pp.
12.5X20cm
ISBN 9789774166396
For sale worldwide

$16.95

In Riyadh, against the events of the second Gulf War and Saddam’s invasion of Kuwait, we learn the story of Munira—with the gorgeous eyes—and the unspeakable tragedy she suffers as her male nemesis wreaks revenge for an insult to his character and manhood. It is also the tale of many other women of Saudi Arabia who pass through the remand center where Munira works, victims and perpetrators of crimes, characters pained and tormented, trapped in cocoons of silence and fear. Munira records their stories on pieces of paper that she folds up and places in the mysterious bottle given to her long ago by her grandmother, a repository for the stories of the dead, that they might live again. This controversial novel looks at many of the issues that characterize the lives of women in modern Saudi society, including magic and envy, honor and revenge, and the strict moral code that dictates male–female interaction.

Yousef Al-Mohaimeed

YOUSEF AL-MOHAIMEED was born in Riyadh in 1964. He has published several novels and short story collections, and has studied English and photography at Norwich University in the England. Anthony Calderbank has translated several works of modern Arabic fiction, most recently Miral al-Tahawy’s Gazelle Tracks (AUC Press, 2008). He lives and works in Khobar, Saudi Arabia.
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