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Fadia Faqir. Her book Pillars of Salt is considered to stand between East and West by critics.

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______________________________ Eng Literature Fadia Faqir Faqir was born in Amman and educated in Jordan and England. She gained her BA in English Literature from the University of Jordan, Amman, before going in 1984 to Britain where she completed an MA in creative writing at Lancaster University. She was awarded the first Ph.D. in creative and critical writing in 1990 by the University of East Anglia. She published her first novel Nisanit in 1988, which was about a girl and was set in Middle East countries. Her second novel Pillars of Salt was published in 1996, this was translated into many languages such as German, Romanian and Dutch. This book was also set in Arab locations and has women as strong characters. She published another book in 2007 My Name is Salma which was published in 13 countries and 14 different languages. Fadia Faqir has been honoured with several awards for her invaluable pieces of work such as the ALOA literary award, which she received for the Danish translation of My Name, is Salma. ...read more.


This tells us that Fadia always wanted people to give more attention to this topic and felt strongly about it. In Pillars of Salt we see how Fadia starts the story from a point of view of ?the best story teller in Arabia? whereas the story is about 2 women who are in an asylum in Jordan. Although the story is not about them being in the asylum but about how they end up there just because they are females and stood against for something that a male in their lives wanted. This story was really strong in showing how females in the Arab area are mistreated and weak compared to the males. In addition to this we see how Fadia takes political aspects of the world into her book like how in Pillars of Salt the Character Maha is deeply affected by the death of her husband due to the political war at that time. ...read more.


Overall we see that work done by Fadia Faqir received a lot of recognition worldwide. We see how Fadia does not write a happy story or a tale but always writes related to serious topics of the society and economy like in all her novels and articles. The fact that all of her work is mainly related to the Arab area tells us that she is attached to her birth place and feels strongly about the situation there which might be due to her upbringing and the things she might have seen. We see that she was born in Amman but had even gone to the UK for studies (Lancaster University) so it is likely she had seen the difference between how women are treated so differently in these areas and this is what inspired her to write about them. In my opinion Fadia has created an mazing kind of suspense in Pillars of Salt from the beginning, she makes the characters come alive for the readers which completely involves the reader in the book making him feel the topics she chooses to show the reader even more effective. ...read more.

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