For years I’ve wondered why our literature was merely limited to stories of folklore, tradition and culture. In spite of the rich political history of this little island, you will find it rather hard to find any piece of fiction that tackles the many crucial periods that Bahrianis have had to go through.
Perhaps the only such period that has been touched upon, mostly in our books and silverscreen, is the time of British colonialism.
A picture. A memory. Something beautiful. A lost love. A touch. Anything but this. Clear my head. Brush the pain aside. It’s working. I’m in a lovely place where the sun is warm and the breeze is cool. No. The pain. It’s here. It never leaves. It’s become part of me. Of my being. It’s inside me. Inside my blood. My head. My bones. My soul...
Ali Al Saeed was born in 1978 and grew up in Bahrain. He has been writing professionally for the past eight years, including as a journalist, for a number of leading newspapers and publications.
In 2004, he became the first from his country to publish a novel written in English with QuixotiQ. Earlier this year, he co-produced the documentary film, and wrote the book, Models of Success.