Lindy Burleigh

Lindy Burleigh anatomises four first novels

  • Sulaiman Addonia, 
  • Zoe Ferraris, 
  • Mohammed Hanif, 
  • Gerbrand Bakker (translated from the Dutch by David Colmer)

Novels coming out of Saudi Arabia are few and far between. If they are being written at all, they are apparently not being translated into English. It’s of immediate interest, then, that not one but two of these debuts is set in Saudi Arabia. Sulaiman Addonia, the author of The Consequences of Love, is not, however, a native Saudi. Like Naser, the narrator of his novel, he lived in Jeddah during the 1980s as a child refugee from Eritrea. His heartfelt story of illicit love takes place twenty years ago but there is no reason to suppose that the stifling social and sexual mores at its centre have been liberalised in any way. 

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