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In Riyadh, against the events of the second Gulf War and Saddams invasion of Kuwait, we learn the story of Munirawith the gorgeous eyesand the unspeakable tragedy she suffers as her male nemesis wreaks revenge for an insult to his character and manhood. It is also the tale of many other women of Saudi Arabia who pass through the remand center where Munira works, victims and perpetrators of crimes, characters pained and tormented, trapped in cocoons of silence and fear. Munira records their stories on pieces of paper that she folds up and places in the mysterious bottle given to her long ago by her grandmother, a repository for the stories of the dead, that they might live again. This controversial novel looks at many of the issues that characterize the lives of women in modern Saudi society, including magic and envy, honor and revenge, and the strict moral code that dictates malefemale interaction. Yousef al-Mohaimeed is a rising star in international literature. Muniras Bottle is a rich and skillfully crafted story of a dysfunctional Saudi Arabian family. One of its strengths lies in its edgy characters: Munira, a sultry, self-centered, sexually repressed woman; Ibn al-Dahhal, the bold imposter who deceives and betrays her; and Muhammad, her perpetually angry and righteous brother, a catalyst who forces the events. Western readers will welcome it for its opening door into Arab lives and minds.Annie Proulx Mohaimeed writes in a lush style that evokes a writer he cites as an influence, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. [He] takes on some of the most divisive subjects in the Arab world.

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Hardback Editions

January 2010 : Hardback

Title: Munira's Bottle
Author(s): Yousef al-Mohaimeed, Anthony Calderbank
ISBN: 977416346X / 978-9774163463
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Paperback Editions

April 2014 : Paperback

Title: Munira's Bottle: A Saudi Arabian Novel
Author(s): Yousef Al-Mohaimeed
ISBN: 9774166396 / 978-9774166396
Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press
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Kindle Editions

April 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition

Title: MUNIRAS BOTTLE (Modern Arabic Literature)
Author(s): Yousef al-Mohaimeed
Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press
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January 2010 : UK Kindle edition

Title: Munira's Bottle (Modern Arabic Literature (Hardcover))
Author(s): Yousef Al-Mohaimeed
Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press
Availability: Amazon UK