THE SHORT STORIES – AN ANTHOLOGY FROM SAUDI ARABIA Edited by Abdulaziz Al Sebail and Anthony Calderbank
Published by I. b. Tauris
Price £49.50 hardback
The formation of Saudi Arabia in 1932, with the unification of the two kingdoms of the Hejaz and Nejd, is considered to have led to the development of a distinct Saudi Arabian literature. In an era when Arab culture was challenging the traditional literary norms in which, for centuries, poetry had been dominant, the new Arab cultural space permitted aspirational writers to experiment and develop their skills with prose. The result was a flowering of short-story writing through the 20th century. Ranging from the classical to the modern and highly experimental, this anthology brings together 40 short story writers representing different traditions and sensibilities. The clash of traditions and mo- dernity remains a constant theme recurring in most stories. This book presents an insight into the complex and enigmatic Saudi Arabia of the 21st century.