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Where Pigeons Don’t Fly

Where Pigeons Don’t Fly

Author(s): Yousef Al-Mohaimeed

Location(s): Saudi Arabia

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): early 2000s

A daring novel that explores the taboos surrounding male-female relationships in Saudi Arabia’s deeply conservative society, Where Pigeons Don’t Fly scrutinises the public tyranny of the so-called ‘Committee for Virtue’, which monitors young unmarried couples in Riyadh. Focusing on one young man, the novel follows him from early childhood to the point where he decides to flee from Saudi Arabia to Britain, as a result of the destructive policies that prohibit genuine love in the country. These policies force male-female love underground, often leading to jail or banishment from Saudi Arabia. The author, through the lens of this one character, reveals truths about his country’s male-dominated and divided society

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