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“They Die Strangers”: Stories from Yemen |

Dr. Anil Kumar, in Journal of Advances and Scholarly Researches in Allied Education | Multidisciplinary Academic Research


This article evaluates thenovel They Die Strangers  (1972)  by the  Yemeni  novelist Mohammed  Ahmed  Abdul Wali  as  a postcolonial narrative of emigration inwhich the writer argues about what is called the ideology of return. Anemigrant himself, the writer discusses the impact of long- term  emigration on  the  individual, his  family  and the  society  as a  whole.  The discussion, using a postcolonialperspective, covers issues related to the construction of  the  Yemeni  identity, body  politics,  the Yemeni  farmers‟   dream   and the representation  of  women focusing  on  the body-land  association.  The discussion concludes with considering the novel as a parody againstthose who migrate leaving their women and their land behind, only to live anddie as strangers.