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Review: The Bamboo Stalk, Saud Alsanousi

By Sameer Rahim   June 2015

81LryonbdSL._SL1500_The Bamboo Stalk, Saud Alsanousi (Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation, £16.99)

The Kuwaiti novelist Saud Alsanousi has found an original way to write about the perennial themes of the Arab novel: the place of religion and the influence of foreign cultures on a traditional society. The Bamboo Stalk, which won the International Arabic Booker in 2013, is narrated by José, the product of a brief marriage between his Filipino mother and Kuwaiti father. They met while she was working as a maid and he was an idealistic young…

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