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“In this engaging book, laced with humor, pathos and sensitivity, Mr. Dickey unveils this new Arabia, shaped by the sometimes creative, always skeptical tension between the Arab and the expatriate.” —Sandra Mackey, The New York Times Book Review
Expats
Travels in Arabia, from Tripoli to Teheran
By Christopher Dickey
Atlantic Monthly Press
978-0-87113-463-9 • $12.00 • Paperback • June 1991
Travel Literature
Expats is Christopher Dickey’s fascinating account of the new Arabia, and of the expatriates who have helped create it. The fabled Arab world—whose vast deserts, overwhelming solitude, and stark, noble civilizations once beguiled explorers like T. E. Lawrence and Wilfred Thesiger—is nowhere to be found today. The deserts remain, of course, but souks give way to shopping malls, fortresses crumble in the shadows of glittering hotels, and oases are replaced by ice-skating rinks. In Dubai an earthly paradise has been wrested from the sands: the Emirates Golf Club. Foreigners have moved in on Arabia’s oil wealth like pilgrims to a shrine, bringing their own hopes and dreams, mingling them with those of the Arabs. The stories of the expatriates’ lives, of the peculiar niches they inhabit, and of the meteoric ascendancy of a hybrid society are the stuff of Expats—a book that penetrates what Lawrence called “the glamour of strangeness,” and that updates all our notions of the Middle East.

The symbiosis of the West and Arabia is eccentric, to say the least. Texans extract oil from the Libyan desert for Muammar Qaddafi and brew “flash” to numb their brains back at the company compound. The Sultan of Oman has retained a firm run by an ex-CIA agent to manage the affairs of several government agencies. Naguib Mahfouz, Egypt’s Nobel Laureate, lives under threat of death from Islamic fundamentalists for writing like a Westerner—that is, books with conscience, truth, and sex. Dubai boasts Tex-Mex food at Pancho Villa’s, a bar where it is rumored that one evening a shaken boat crew, having just been strafed by Iranian speedboats, found themselves seated next to their attackers. Video clubs vie with the imams for the attention of the populace, and life, such as it is, goes on.

And so does the war in the Gulf. While Iraq launches Exocets and Iran lays mines, a Yorkshireman who once fished the North Atlantic now operates supply boats out of Sharjah. Missile explosions rattle windows in Kuwait but rarely interrupt the flow of commerce. All around the Gulf the war is spectrally present, at times swift and fatal, but overall not bad for business—drydock work, weapons trafficking, and always the lucrative trade of shuttling oil through the Strait of Hormuz to the industrial world. One retired British military man makes his living defusing rockets lodged in the sides of tankers. And the U.S. Navy, protecting “the free world’s oil supply,” blows a commercial airliner from the skies. In the aftermath, the Iranians Dickey meets in the streets of Teheran, numbed by fighting, reminisce fondly about the expatriates they knew in the days of the Shah.

The new Arabia bears only a passing similarity to its desert ancestry. As Thesiger says, “It’s the curse of this bloody oil, you see.” But in this land awash with Madonna videos and air-conditioned BMWs, the Arabs have started searching again for their past. Camel races followed from four-wheel cars, and impromptu falcon hunts arranged by cellular phone keep them in touch with their traditions. Theirs is a world where the wildest dreams—of Arab and expat—have come together and come true.

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Gaston Hall
3700 O St NW
Washington, DC


John Freeman
Freeman's: Home

05:00 PM: GEORGETOWN UNIVERSIT
The Global Soul Conference
Copley Formal Lounge
Washington, DC


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Refugees, The

7:00 PM-8:30 PM: LANNAN FOUNDATION
313 Read St
Santa Fe, NM


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Refugees, The

8:00 PM-9:00 PM: CLEMSON LITERARY FESTIVAL
An Evening with Viet Thanh Nguyen
Clemson University
Alumni Center
Clemson, SC


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OCCIDENTAL COLLEGE
1600 Campus Road
Los Angeles


Michael Knight
Eveningland

7:30 PM: SPRING LITERARY FESTIVAL
UC Theater, 3rd floor of the A.K. Hinds University
Western Carolina University
Culhowee, NC


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Refugees, The

12:00 PM-01:00 PM: USC CENTER FOR PUBLIC DIPLOMACY
Annenberg Room 207
Los Angeles, CA


Roxane Gay
Difficult Women

08:00 PM: UNIVERSITY OF BUFFALO
venue tbd
Buffalo, NY


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Refugees, The

CSU MONTEREY BAY
Seaside, CA


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Eveningland

2:00 PM-3:00 PM: PARNASSUS BOOKSTORE
3900 Hillsboro Pike
Nashville, TN


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Refugees, The

GOLDEN WEST COLLEGE
Huntington Beach, CA


Roxane Gay
Difficult Women

UNIV OF WISCONSIN AT MADISON
Madison, WI


Michael Knight
Eveningland

6:30 PM-7:30 PM: AVID BOOKSHOP
493 Prince Ave.
Athens, GA


John Freeman
Freeman's: Home

6:30 PM: UNABRIDGED BOOK INC
3251 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL


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Michael Knight
Eveningland

7:00 PM-8:00 PM: A CAPPELLA BOOKS
208 Haralson Ave NE
Atlanta, GA


John Freeman
Freeman's: Home

7:00 PM-09:00 PM: DRAWN & QUARTERLY
211 Bernard Ouest
Montreal, QC


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Michael Knight
Eveningland

5:30 PM-7:00 PM: MIDTOWN READER
1123 Thomasville Rd,
Tallahassee, FL


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Refugees, The

ASIAN AMERICAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION
Portland, OR


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Freeman's: Home

7:00 PM: MCNALLY JACKSON
52 Prince Street
New York, NY


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Refugees, The

7:00 PM: CHANGING HANDS
Cosponsored by ASU Creative Writing Program
6428 South McClintock
Phoenix, AZ


John Freeman
Freeman's: Home

VENUE TK
London
London, UK


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Difficult Women

4:30 PM-5:30 PM: LOS ANGELES TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS
USC Campus
Bovard Auditorium
Los Angeles, CA


Roxane Gay
Difficult Women

3:30 PM-4:00 PM: SKYLIGHT BOOKS
1818 North Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA


John Freeman
Freeman's: Home

VENUE TK
Berlin
Berlin, Germa


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Refugees, The

11:00 AM-12:00 PM: LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK FESTIVAL
USC Campus
Seeley G. Mudd 124
Los Angeles, CA


Viet Thanh Nguyen
Refugees, The

1:30 PM-2:30 PM: LOS ANGELES TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS
Is this Goodbye NEA?
USC Campus
Wallace Annenberg Hall
Los Angeles, CA


Charmaine Craig
Miss Burma

2:00 PM: LOS ANGELES TIMES FESTIVAL OF BOOKS
USC Campus
Hoffman Hall
Los Angeles, CA


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Washington's Immortals

MARYLAND SONS OF THE REVOLUTION
Easton, MD


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White City, The

06:30 PM: WETRANSFER & MCSWEEN
61 Local
61 Bergen Street
Brooklyn, NY


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Refugees, The

WILLIAMS COLLEGE
Williamstown, MA


John Freeman
Freeman's: Home

7:30 PM: GREENLIGHT BOOKSTORE
Prospect Lefferts Gardens Location
632 Flatbush Ave (at Fenimore)
Brooklyn, NY


Karolina Ramqvist
White City, The

07:00 PM: PEN WORLD VOICES FESTIVAL
Girl Powered Fiction panel
Shakespeare & Co
939 Lexington Ave
New York, NY


Dominic Dromgoole
Hamlet Globe to Globe

07:30 PM: PEN WORLD VOICES
Roulette
509 Atlantic Ave,
Brooklyn, NY


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Refugees, The

7:00 PM-8:30 PM: ARLINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Central Library
1015 N Quincy Street
Arlington, VA


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Refugees, The

7:00 PM: CENTER FOR FICTION
Co-Sponsored by PEN World Voices
17 E. 47th Street
New York City


Viet Thanh Nguyen
Refugees, The

2:00 PM-4:00 PM: BORO OF MANHATTAN COMM COLLEGE
The Writer in the World
BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center
199 Chambers St. Theater 2
New York City


Patrick O'Donnell
Washington's Immortals

5:30 PM: MARYLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY
201 West Monument Street
Baltimore, MD


Karolina Ramqvist
White City, The

06:30 PM: PEN WORLD VOICES
Literary Quest: Westbeth Edition
Westbeth, 55 Bethune St
New York, NY


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Freeman's: Home

9:00 AM: GRUB STREET
Muse and the Marketplace
Boston Park Plaza Hotel Grand Ballroom
50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street
Boston, MA


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Charmaine Craig
Miss Burma

10:00 AM-01:00 PM: CORONA PUBLIC LIBRARY
650 S. Main Street
Corona, CA


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