Under the naked sky: short stories from the Arab world

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American University in Cairo Press, 2000 - Fiction - 243 pages
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Drawing on an intimate knowledge of modern Arabic writing, Denys Johnson-Davies brings together in this collection a colorful mosaic of life as lived and portrayed by Arabs from Morocco to Iraq. From a diverse area of the world with the common factor of a written language, these thirty stories tell of an old Moroccan peasant woman who kills snakes; an Iraqi soldier who returns home as a stranger after years as a prisoner-of-war; a repairer of lost virginities in a Tunisian village; a typically Mahfouzian start to a train journey; the steamy meeting of two women and a cat at the height of an Iraqi summer; the ill-fated attraction of a boy to a magical bird in the Tuareg deserts of Libya; and a novel way of hunting ducks in the Nile Delta. The purveyors of this strange and delightful cornucopia of fictions include Naguib Mahfouz, Yusuf Idris, Gamal al-Ghitani, and Mohamed El-Bisatie from Egypt; Fuad al-Takarli and Mohamed Khudayyir from Iraq; Zakaria Tamer from Syria; Hanan al-Shaykh from Lebanon; and Ibrahim al-Kouni from Libya.

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Review: Under the Naked Sky: Short Stories from the Arab World

User Review  - Nada Khalil - Goodreads

Overall,I can't judge the book as a one unite because it is a collection of different short stories written by several witters from the Arab word,but the good thing is I was introduced to a plenty of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mykle - Goodreads

This is no proper review. It doesn't make sense to give a review of a collection of stories by different authors. And I didn't even read all the stories. I had an ulterior motive: I am trying to get ... Read full review


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