Ahmed grows up in a small Saudi village steeped in traditional tribal culture, local legends, family ties, history, and tribal songs. As he becomes a man, the cataclysmic changes of modernity spring up around him. Islam is imposing itself more and more strongly on tribal beliefs; moreover, the city begins to seem strangely attractive to his young mind. Ahmed struggles to come to terms with this newly unfolding world without forsaking his village, family or Hizam, the old man who comes to epitomise the traditional life itself.
Ahmed Abodehman was born and raised in Saudi Arabia. Known since youth as the 'bard' of his village, he has lived in Paris since 1982 and is a poet, novelist and news correspondent for the Saudi daily al-Riyadh.