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The Dove's Necklace
Author: Raja Alem

ISBN: 9780715645864
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 23 April 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3
The secret life of Mecca, a neighbourhood, an unsolved murder, a spiritual journey, the story of a community and a nation

When a dead woman is discovered in Abu Al Roos, one of Mecca's many alleys, no one will claim the body because they are ashamed by her nakedness. As we follow the investigation of the case, the secret life of the holy city of Mecca is revealed.

Tackling powerful issues with beautiful and evocative writing, Raja Alem reveals a city - and a civilisation - at once beholden to brutal customs, and reckoning (uneasily) with new traditions. Told from a variety of perspectives - including that of Abu Al Roos itself - The Dove's Necklace is a virtuosic work of literature, and an ambitious portrait of a changing city that deserves our attention.

About the Author

Raja Alem is a novelist, playwright and teaching tutor. She has had several plays and novels, and a collection of short stories published in Arabic and French, and she won the International Prize for Arabic Fiction in 2011 for The Dove's Necklace. ...

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