Cities of Salt

Translator: Peter Theroux Publisher: Vintage Books Place of Publication: Saudi Arabia Date of Publication: 1993 Language: Arabic ISBN: 0-679-74533-5 Author: Munif, Abd al-Rahman

Monumental five-volume chronicle, set in an unnamed Arab state of the Gulf, recounting the transformation of a traditional desert society following the discovery of oil. Saudi Arabia both banned the book and withdrew the author?s Saudi passport even though the late Munif always insisted the work was fiction.