Death by Perfume

Death by Perfume

By You Jin

E-ISBN: 9789814615037

Genre: Fiction Collections

Publisher: Epigram Books

Related series: Cultural Medallion

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In the late 1970s, a young Singaporean writer arrives in Jeddah with an infant son. She encounters a strange and often hostile environment with curiosity, empathy and good humour. In this collection of linked stories, the narrator confronts, among others, a bored expat wife with dangerously extravagant tastes, a divorced engineer with the face of a camel, and a desperate security guard who finds solace in downing bottles of perfume. Beguiling, plaintive and profoundly insightful, You Jin’s fiction is a vivid evocation of Saudi society.

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