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The Salmiya Collection: Stories of the Life and Times of Modern Kuwait

Loomis, Craig

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ISBN 10: 0815610149 / ISBN 13: 9780815610144
Published by Syracuse University Press, 2013
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Title: The Salmiya Collection: Stories of the Life ...

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

Publication Date: 2013

Book Condition:As New

Edition: 1st Edition.

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In The Salmiya Collection, Loomis celebrates the essence of everyday life in a little-known part of the world. With lucid prose and keen detail, these stories offer nuanced portraits―tragicomic, bittersweet, and candid―of ordinary Kuwaitis: expatriates and natives, students and professors, siblings, and lovers. In "Ancient Civilization 101," a young man suspects his girlfriend Mariam is unfaithful and, in a fury, shears her long hair. The confidence and boldness in Mariam that first attracted him is now seen as a threat. In "The Conference on Rights and Freedom," two young students invited to present their paper at an academic conference in the United States share with their professor their dramatic plan to "show them who we are."

Each of the forty stories in the collection reverberates with the others, illuminating a world the reader will not soon forget. Loomis renders a Kuwaiti society that is complex and distinct, and yet the characters and situations unveil a time and a place that is universal.

About the Author:

Craig Loomis is associate professor of English and head of the Division of Humanities and Arts at the American University of Kuwait. He is the author of A Softer Violence: Tales of Orient (Minerva Press, 1995), and his short fiction has appeared in the Iowa Review, Colorado Review, Quarterly West, Louisville Review, and the Prague Revue.

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