Love in the Kingdom of Oil

Translator: Basil Hatim and Malcolm Williams Publisher: Saqi Books Place of Publication: London Date of Publication: 2001 Language: Arabic Author: Saadawi, Nawal El

 A woman disappears without a trace. The police commissioner investigating the case enquires: was she of dubious morals, was she the rebellious sort? Nobody understand how a woman could simply walk away from it all, leaving husband and home behind. After all, in the ‘kingdom of oil’ where ‘His Majesty’ reigns supreme, no woman has ever dared to obey the command of men. When she finally reappears there is a blurring of the distinctions between the men in her life. She leaves one to become the of another, and when she eventually returns to her first husband, she finds he has taken a new wife. In many ways, to her all men are one and the same…In this rich novel El-Saadawi draws anew to confront major issues and questions surrounding a woman’s role and position in a repressive, patriarchal order.