under the naked sky: short stories from the arab world

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Denys Johnson-Davies
Amercain University in Cairo Prees, 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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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

Contents

Introduction
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The IllOmened Golden Bird
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Have You Seen Alexandria Station?
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Copyright

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Denys Johnson-Davies has lived much of his life in the MiddlDenys Johnson-Davies has lived much of his life in the Middle East and has published fifteen volumes of modern Arabic lie East and has published fifteen volumes of modern Arabic literature. He lives in Cairo, Abu Dhabi, and Spain. Roger Allterature. He lives in Cairo, Abu Dhabi, and Spain. Roger Allen is Professor of Arabic Literature at the University of Peen is Professor of Arabic Literature at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of "The Arabic Novel" (1994) annnsylvania. He is the author of "The Arabic Novel" (1994) and "Modern Arabic Literature" (1987). d "Modern Arabic Literature" (1987).

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