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‘Basil Thorns’ … Saudi Novel Explores Social Transformations in Eastern Province

‘Basil Thorns’ … Saudi Novel Explores Social Transformations in Eastern Province

Tuesday, 26 October, 2021 - 07:15
“Basil Thorns,” a novel by Saudi author Sami al-Tallak, explores social transformations in eastern Saudi Arabia.

Dar Al Farasha Publishing, Kuwait, has released “Basil Thorns,” a novel by Saudi author Sami al-Tallak, exploring social transformations in eastern Saudi Arabia through many characters who describe their life in an old neighborhood in the in Al Qatif region.


The novel is composed of 256 pages and was displayed at the recent Riyadh International Book Fair.


“I practiced writing since my first year in college at the King Faisal University, in Al Ahsa Governorate. Poetry was my first passion, so I published my first collection in collaboration with Difaf Publication, followed by another collection, two novels, and a book featuring several articles,” said al-Tallak.


Speaking about his new book, he said: “My latest experience with ‘Basil Thorns’ came in response to my passion for narration. It explores the transformations in Eastern Saudi Arabia that started in the early 1980s until now through the testimonies of different characters.”


“Basil is a plant for the living and the dead,” says Safaa, a character who seeks to break a belief that has long dominated the local community. Basil has always been linked to death, as people always placed it on graves instead of embellishing people’s life with joy and beautiful scents.


Al-Tallak has many literary works including “Samir and Samira” (poetry collection - 2013); “Pierced Memory” (2015); “Homeless Memoirs” (novel - 2017); “Story that Disturbed the Night…Brief History of Insomnia” (poetry - 2018); and “Basil Thorns” (novel - 2021).


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