A Dacha in the Gulf

Una dacha en el Golfo

Winner of the first Sergio González Rodríguez Anagrama Chronicle Prize: a vibrant book about an enigmatic country.

Why write a book about Bahrain? Firstly, because the author’s partner was offered a job there, which is the reason why he lived in the country for two years during which he made a point to observe, speak with people, and grow interested in the country’s paradoxes and interiority.And secondly, because these paradoxes turn Bahrain into a very interesting reality within the Arab world.The book covers everything about his daily life: political repression, the experience of sexuality for women and gays, the limited tolerance for alcohol, the isolated life of luxury of European ex-pats and the very different reality lived by Asian workers, the real estate market that grows with artificial islands gained on the ocean, linguistic misunderstandings...


Emilio Sánchez Mediavilla

EMILIO SÁNCHEZ MEDIAVILLA (Santander, 1979) is a journalist and editor, and the cofounder of the publisher Libros del K.O. He has worked at Agencia EFE, La Opinion de A Coruña, and Conde Nast Traveler. He has occasionally collaborated in publications such as El País,Vanity Fair, or Altaïr. In 2019, he was the winner of the 1st Sergio González Rodríguez Anagrama Chronicle Prize for Una dacha en el Golfo.

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