When one of Kuwait’s richest businessmen unexpectedly contacts author Taleb Al-Rifai’, he has an unusual request: write a biographical novel that traces his ascent from poverty into the upper reaches of Kuwaiti society. As fact mixes with fiction, Al-Rifai’ is torn over whether writing such a book compromises his integrity as a writer.Al-Rifai’ is soon plunged into a world of enormous wealth, soaring ambitions, and frustrated love. It’s not only Al-Rifai’s reputation at stake: there are powerful people who don’t want this novel to be written, and they will stop at almost nothing to prevent it. Will Al-Rifai’ write the book? Will the forces lining up against him allow it?
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