A daring novel that explores the taboos surrounding male-female relationships in Saudi Arabia's deeply conservative society, and the public tyranny of the so-called 'Committee For Virtue', which monitors young unmarried men and women in Saudi Arabia.
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Where Pigeons Don't Fly follows the story of Fahd, a young boy growing up in Saudi Arabia. Fahd's childhood is overshadowed by his father's involvement in the attack on the Grand Mosque in Mecca. Now an artist and critic, the adult Fahd finds that, both in work and in love, he is at loggerheads with repressive cultural and religious norms. When he and his girlfriend are detained by the 'virtue' police, Fahd contemplates a life of self-imposed exile in a remote corner of Britain, rather than remaining somewhere he doesn't feel he belongs.
Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing
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writes in a lush style that evokes Gabriel Garc a M rquez The Washington Post 'At last an authentic voice from Saudi Arabia' Hanan al-Shaykh, author of Women of Sand and Myrrh, and A Thousand and One Nights