London: Jonathan Cape, 1988. First English language edition. Hardcover. Black-cloth octavo in black DJ, gilt and gilt design to spine, 627 pages ; 23 cm. Very gently bumped top corners, extremely mild rubbing to rear corners, extremely light soiling to DJ, bright pages, else Near fine(+) in Very good(+) to Near fine(-) DJ. Item #88282
DJ protected in archival mylar wrap. || Arabic fiction -- 20th century -- Translations into English, Political and historical fiction. || Set in an unnamed Persian Gulf kingdom in the 1930s, this remarkable novel tells the story of the disruption and diaspora of a poor oasis community following the discovery of oil there. The meeting of Arabs and the Americans who, in essence, colonised the remote region is a cultural confrontation in which religion, history, superstition, and mutual incomprehension all play a part.
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