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Margaret Atwood

How is one of Canada’s most creative novelists connected to one of the most influential businessmen in the Arab world?

March 4, 2009 2:33 by

Geraldine Bedell

Geraldine Bedell’s novel The Gulf Between Us takes places in a fictional country located in the Gulf region. The novel was set to launch at the Dubai International Literary Festival, but was turned down by the organizers for apparently featuring a homosexual sheikh in the backdrop of the Iraq war.

In a blog entitled The only offensive thing about my novel is that it’s been banned posted on The Guardian website, Bedell wrote about the “comically long list of reasons” why the novel has been banned.

The organizers, however, did not change their minds: “I do not want our festival remembered for the launch of a controversial book,” said the director of the festival …


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