Susanne Koelbl: Twelve Weeks in Riyadh. DVA Verlag (Hardcover, Current Affairs)

Twelve Weeks in Riyadh

Saudi Arabia between dictatorship and a new beginning

Original Title: Zwölf Wochen in Riad

original edition

Hardcover with jacket, 320 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in.
ISBN: 978-3-421-04786-1
€ 22.00 [D] | € 22.70 [A] | CHF 30.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: DVA Sachbuch

Date of publication: May 29, 2019
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Rights sold to: USA/World Engl. (Mango)

Susanne  Koelbl - Twelve Weeks in Riyadh


Exclusive glimpses of a country re-inventing itself

Spiegel reporter Susanne Koelbl was able to embark on a project few other journalists have managed to do: travel through Saudi Arabia without any restrictions and with no state supervision. She spent several months roaming around a country going through the most far-reaching period of transition in its history. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman aims to catapult society and the business world into the modern age, while in spite of all the reforms the royal family cracks down relentlessly on anyone seen as a dissident.

In which direction will Saudi Arabia continue to develop? How do women and artists, opposition members and deeply religious Moslems view the break with old traditions and certainties?

Susanne Koelbl gives us fascinating glimpses of a country whose future is of the utmost importance for the region and indeed the West.

"Koelbl writes a marvelous book on the recent developments in Saudi Arabia, a book full of analysis, anecdotes and the tensions generated by the change of geo-politics in the Arabian Gulf. Her access to Saudi officials, princes, shop-keepers and to ordinary women and men struggling with jobs, school and bringing up children is unique […]. This is […] the result of someone who has lived in the country and has got to know the people."

Ahmed Rashid, bestselling author of "Taliban and Descent into Chaos"


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