The dove’s necklace by Raja Alem

IMG_6373Set in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Reviewed on 2017/08: https://www.instagram.com/p/BYRpzlqnnjM/

I came for a #criminalinvestigation and a murder thriller. At the end this book is more of a powerful, #sinful #heretical and poetic type of tale. In my opinion, there are two main characters in these hundreds of pages. First #saudiwomen and the unbelievable amount of bullshit they have to deal with in order to be considered humans. Madame #alem excelled at providing the readers with examples of the risky and creative ways in which women subversively maintain their dignities and aim to experience life under a constantly oppressive society. Another important character here are the #immigrants#poorimmigrants I didn’t know this, but #mecca is a fast growing and rapidly urbanizing metropolis. Local authorities have responded to urban pressures by completely displacing poor immigrants neighborhoods and building Dubai-like and trump-like monstrosities on top of archeological and historical sites. Please see Abraj Al Bait. These two characters are present all throughout this great story. Overall a great discovery. #thedovesnecklace #rajaalem#saudiliterature #womensrights#womensliberation #immigrantsrights#cyberrelationship #مكة #عالم#internationalprizeforarabicfiction#powerfulwomen #kaaba

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