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The Bamboo Stalk

(2015)
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WINNER OF THE INTERNATIONAL PRIZE FOR ARABIC FICTION THE CONTROVERSIAL AND DARING NOVEL THAT TOOK THE ARAB WORLD BY STORM 'AMBITIOUS, CULTIVATED AND BRAVE' - FINANCIAL TIMES Josephine escapes poverty by coming to Kuwait from the Philippines to work as a maid, where she meets Rashid, an idealistic only son with literary aspirations. Josephine, with all the wide-eyed naivety of youth, believes she has found true love. But when she becomes pregnant, and with the rumble of war growing ever louder, Rashid bows to family and social pressure, and sends her back home with her baby son, Jose. Brought up struggling with his dual identity, Jose clings to the hope of returning to his father's country when he is eighteen. He is ill-prepared to plunge headfirst into a world where the fear of tyrants and dictators is nothing compared to the fear of 'what will people say'. And with a Filipino face, a Kuwaiti passport, an Arab surname and a Christian first name, will his father's country welcome him? The Bamboo Stalk takes an unflinching look at the lives of foreign workers in Arab countries and confronts the universal problems of identity, race and religion.

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"Bold, heartfelt...A narrative with power and resonance." - Leila Aboulela


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Hardback Editions

April 2015 : Hardback
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Title: The Bamboo Stalk
Author(s): Saud Alsanousi
ISBN: 9927101775 / 978-9927101779
Publisher: Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing
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Paperback Editions

May 2016 : Paperback
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Title: The Bamboo Stalk
Author(s): Saud Alsanousi
ISBN: 9927101791 / 978-9927101793
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August 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Bamboo Stalk (Large Print Edition)
Author(s): Saud Alsanousi
ISBN: 1-5100-0337-1 / 978-1-5100-0337-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Clipper Large Print
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April 2015 : Paperback
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Title: Bamboo Stalk
Author(s): Saud Alsanousi
ISBN: 9927118031 / 978-9927118036
Publisher: Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Pu
Availability: Amazon UK   


Audio Editions

February 2017 : MP3 CD
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Title: The Bamboo Stalk
Author(s): Saud Alsanousi
ISBN: 1-5366-4000-X / 978-1-5366-4000-7
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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April 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Bamboo Stalk
Author(s): Saud Alsanousi, Jonathan Wright - translator
Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury
Availability: Amazon CA   


April 2015 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Bamboo Stalk
Author(s): Saud Alsanousi, Jonathan Wright - translator
Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury
Availability: Amazon UK