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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In the book, petrodollars perpetuate oppressions. Bakhtin as Kant recognizes the need of the categories of time and space for the whole experience.

Views Read Edit View history. In the Arab Middle East, modernization took place under the influence of two ideologies: The idea of Bakhtin that time is not homogeneous clarifies.

More a book of short stories than a novel about the transformation of two Arab towns after oil is discovered by Americans from the Arab POV, Munif is a well traveled Jordanian.

Cities of Salt

English-languages abdeelrahman have been given few opportunities before now to look at this situation through native eyes He was not displaced by an oil company but by a regime kept in place by oil, and this is not a local Arabian story at all but a universal one.

Interesting premise, dull delivery. More time brings displacement, poverty, salaried menial labor, the concept of real estate, and fabulous varieties of opportunism and tragedy.


This explains the use of chronotopic reading the novel. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t reading it. I will also seek to know why the novel, in the current Arab world, is considered the literary genre of the time. The residents of an idyllic oasis get word of foreigners roaming the abderlahman. Space and time can not exist in themselves but they exist in us.

The Emir also surprised to see the Americans go close to women abdwlrahman the boat without reacting. As …more Yes you can, and probably should, also it is a quintet not a trilogy yet you can read the first volume as a standalone and I think you will love it.

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Being inexplicable, this technology abdelrahkan into the evil or the wonderful. 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 a part.

Abdulrahman rated it it was ok Sep 18, Despite off having my horizons widened I didn’t enjoy this novel all that much. There is also a internal split of opinions on the relationship with the U. A major transformation that has occurred in Syria and Lebanon.

In addition, this volume contains explicit discourse on this part of the East: Very well written, BUT I hated most of it. Welcome To The Lit Pub.

Days pass slowly, the heat grows, ahdelrahman the people caravan to Harran, the new industrialized city for work and for trade. With the telescope and radio, it is the world that comes to him, while he stands still to watch or listen.


It is possible to foresee the downfall of cities that are inhuman. On the other hand, even the choice of the abdelraahman cannot reconcile these two images and offers no room for otherness. Radio marks a new stage in the life of the Emir. 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.

One of them is the most famous; he has relations with India and Manchester. To ask other readers questions about Cities of Saltplease sign up.

Hence the importance that the Emir in the long view, telling his assistant: He remained silent until the next step. As for the items, we will never know them. 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.

Oppression and resistance has always been a central theme of Munif’s novels. We are completely closed on Tuesday 1st January. For this discovery, the Emir is somehow lost.

Another thing that was different about the book is that it never went into what an individual was thinking.