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The year is 1970, a period of identity crisis in the Arab world. Hisham, the young hero of Adama, is now a university student in the big city, Riyadh. He expands his intellect by day and pursues heady, forbidden pleasures by night, indulging in arak, cigarettes and an illicit affair with his neighbour Sarah, a bold young housewife.

Meanwhile, Hisham's disillusioned childhood friend Adnan abandons his artistic ambitions in favour of a loftier cause, Islamism. The two friends grow apart, ultimately becoming strangers to each other. They come to symbolise the opposite extremes of life in a repressive closed society.

Eventually, Hisham's world becomes untenable as he can no longer reconcile his studious days and licentious nights. This contradictions plunges him into intense turmoil and self-loathing, until his past catches up with him, with surprising consequences . . .

Adama, the first volume of his best-selling trilogy about his native Saudi Arabia, was published in English by Saqi in 2003. Shumaisi is the second volume of the trilogy, which ends with Karadib.

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The year is 1970, a period of crisis in the Arab world. Twenty-year-old Hisham has left home for the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh, where he’s enrolled at university to study politics and economics. But this city has more than academic qualifications to offer a man of Hisham’s mettle, and he soon discovers a strange underworld of alcohol and prostitution where fear, pleasure and politics merge. Here hospitals prove the richest cruising grounds; the desert is the place for illicit couplings; and now Hisham is spying on the bedroom activities of his next-door neighbour’s wife, who has taken to leaving her door ajar.

Meanwhile, Hisham’s disillusioned childhood friend Adnan abandons his artistic ambitions in favour of a loftier cause Islam. The two friends who rapidly grow estranged come to symbolise the opposite extremes of life in a repressive closed society. But their shared past soon conspires to reunite them in a new and terrifying way.

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The second novel in a trilogy by one of the Arab world's best known authors, Shumaisi vividly illustrates the dichotomy between self-determination and obedience to rigid traditionalism as it is played out between two friends. The year is 1970, a period of identity crisis in the Arab world. Hisham, the young hero of Al-Hamad's previous novel Adama, is a university student in Riyadh. He studies by day and pursues forbidden pleasures by night. Meanwhile, Hisham's disillusioned childhood friend Adnan abandons his artistic ambitions in favor of Islamism.

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