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Raja Alem: her prize-winning novel about the dark side of Mecca today

Sep 11, 2011 05:00 pm
Literatures of the World
Haus der Berliner Festspiele
Upper Foyer
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Speaker Tanya Neufeldt
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In her early texts, Raja Alem used classic Arabic to delve into the rich folklore and mythology of Hijaz, in Northwestern Saudi Arabia – the birthplace of Islam. Her novel »The Doves' Necklace«, which won the »International Prize for Arabic Fiction« in 2011, investigates the »secret life« of the holy city, Mecca, and reveals a reality which is marked by crime, corruption and prostitution, as well as by the creeping erosion of the historic sections of the city.

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