On the power, hypocrisy and rebellion of an unscrupulously corrupt society
The story of a courageous Saudi Arabian woman who rebels. When Sara falls in love with a man from a simple family, she is forced to marry the gay son of the highest guardian of public virtue. In Sara’s Hour, Najem Wali tells the story of a rebellious generation, opposed to corruption and violence in the most hypocritical of all societies.
Sara, in her mid-twenties, stands by the sickbed of her uncle, Sheikh Yusuf al-Ahmad, the head of the “Authority for Spreading Virtue and Preventing Vice,” a Salafist who calls for a holy war and procures young brides for jihadists. He has destroyed Sara’s life; but now she has returned from exile in London to seek revenge. Najem Wali, author of “world-class prose” (taz), presents a society of the mega-rich that could not be any more absurd or corrupt. Sara’s Hour is a taboo-breaking novel.