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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

“[This] debut novel offers a rare window into young, lesbian Saudi culture...The protagonist's journey of self-discovery and the questions she reflects upon have universal appeal. [A] poetic, valuable look at the difficulties of being a woman in Saudi Arabia, and of growing up anywhere in the world.”—Kirkus Reviews

“This could be the most controversial novel to emerge in our times, not just from Saudi Arabia, but from the whole of the Arab world.” —Al Hayat

“So much sex...But don't expect a winking Melissa P. of the desert. Here we're talking about stifling gynaecea and cracks of madness reminiscent of The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath; cynical, upper class girls like in Mary McCarthy's The Group; and rich, alienating tendencies like in the first Bret Easton Ellis.”—Marco Cicala, Il Venerdi di Repubblica

A best-selling book when it appeared in Arabic, The Others is a literary tour de force, offering a window into one of the most repressive societies in the world.

Seba al-Herz tells the story of a nameless teenager at a girls’ school in the heavily Shi’ite Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. Like her classmates, she has no contact with men outside her family. When the glamorous Dai tries to seduce her, her feelings of guilt are overcome by an overwhelming desire for sexual and emotional intimacy. Dai introduces her to a secret world of lesbian parties, online flirtations, and hotel liaisons—a world in which the thrill of infatuation and the shame of obsession are deeply intertwined. Al-Herz's erotic, dereamlike story of looming personal crisis is a remarkable portrait of hidden lives.

Seba al-Herz is the pseudonym of a twenty-six-year-old Saudi woman from al-Qatif in Saudi Arabia. This is her first novel.

Review:

"A rare, mesmerizing journey into the cloistered consciousness of a pious Shi'a university student in Qatif, Saudia Arabia, this controversial bestseller centers on a young woman whose lesbian affairs intensify her religious experience and compound her sense of self-abasement. A sheltered teenager living with her protective mother and studying Islamic jurisprudence at a women's college, the nameless narrator falls into a passionate physical relationship with another student named Dai, who is despotic and fiercely jealous. Given to flights of breathlessly manic description, the narrator depicts her secret shared moments with Dai in ecstatic bursts, all the while exploring Internet homosexual chatrooms and dabbling in flirtations with men and women. Erratically, she reveals details about herself, such as that a health issue has decreased her marriage prospects in a culture where early arranged marriage is the norm (her best friend essentially disappears when she gets engaged); as well, the narrator suffers from the losses of her father and brother. Al-Harez (a pseudonym) harnesses a great deal of a young woman's raw emotion, creating a startling and passionate work." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

A daring literary debut from Saudi Arabia reveals the secret world of a sexually rebellious woman.

Synopsis:

A best-selling book when it appeared in Arabic, The Others is a literary tour de force, offering a window into one of the most repressive societies in the world. Seba al-Herz tells the story of a nameless teenager at a girls' school in the heavily Shi'ite Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. Like her classmates, she has no contact with men outside her family. When the glamorous Dai tries to seduce her, her feelings of guilt are overcome by an overwhelming desire for sexual and emotional intimacy. Dai introduces her to a secret world of lesbian parties, online flirtations, and hotel liaisons—a world in which the thrill of infatuation and the shame of obsession are deeply intertwined. Al-Herz's erotic, dreamlike story of looming personal crisis is a remarkable portrait of hidden lives.

About the Author

Seba al-Herz, the author, is a pseudonym, adopted to protect the identity of a young Saudi novelist in her 20s.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781583228715
Author:
Al Herz, Saba
Publisher:
Seven Stories Press
Translator:
Booth, Marilyn
Author:
Al-Herz, Seba
Author:
Al-Harez, Siba
Author:
Booth, Marilyn
Author:
Hirz, Saba
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Lesbian
Subject:
Saudi Arabia Social conditions.
Subject:
Shiites - Saudi Arabia
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20090901
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.10x5.40x.90 in. .61 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A rare, mesmerizing journey into the cloistered consciousness of a pious Shi'a university student in Qatif, Saudia Arabia, this controversial bestseller centers on a young woman whose lesbian affairs intensify her religious experience and compound her sense of self-abasement. A sheltered teenager living with her protective mother and studying Islamic jurisprudence at a women's college, the nameless narrator falls into a passionate physical relationship with another student named Dai, who is despotic and fiercely jealous. Given to flights of breathlessly manic description, the narrator depicts her secret shared moments with Dai in ecstatic bursts, all the while exploring Internet homosexual chatrooms and dabbling in flirtations with men and women. Erratically, she reveals details about herself, such as that a health issue has decreased her marriage prospects in a culture where early arranged marriage is the norm (her best friend essentially disappears when she gets engaged); as well, the narrator suffers from the losses of her father and brother. Al-Harez (a pseudonym) harnesses a great deal of a young woman's raw emotion, creating a startling and passionate work." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
A daring literary debut from Saudi Arabia reveals the secret world of a sexually rebellious woman.
"Synopsis" by , A best-selling book when it appeared in Arabic, The Others is a literary tour de force, offering a window into one of the most repressive societies in the world. Seba al-Herz tells the story of a nameless teenager at a girls' school in the heavily Shi'ite Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. Like her classmates, she has no contact with men outside her family. When the glamorous Dai tries to seduce her, her feelings of guilt are overcome by an overwhelming desire for sexual and emotional intimacy. Dai introduces her to a secret world of lesbian parties, online flirtations, and hotel liaisons—a world in which the thrill of infatuation and the shame of obsession are deeply intertwined. Al-Herz's erotic, dreamlike story of looming personal crisis is a remarkable portrait of hidden lives.
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