I Loved You for Your Voice

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Europa Editions, 2006 - Fiction - 255 pages
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Selim Nassib's novel, based on the life of Om Kalthoum, the peasant girl whose enormous talent made her Egypt's most celebrated artist and brought her unprecedented fame from all corners of the Arab world, is as passionately told as the story it recounts was lived. The tale of this great twentieth-century singer is told by Ahmed Rami, the poet-librettist who furnished Kalthoum the words to her songs and who loved her in vain.
Kalthoum, forced to disguise herself as a boy at the outset of her career, became her troubled country's most beloved performer and a living symbol of Egypt's rebirth. Her meteoric rise to international stardom and her astounding ability to maintain her popularity through the deep cultural, political and social changes that transformed Egypt in the twentieth century are testament not only to her talent but also her tenacity and ambition. The rumors of drug abuse and illicit affairs that plagued her at the height of her success, given the time and place, might have destroyed a lesser artist. But as Nassib recounts, Om Kalthoum was as determined as she was talented, and finally, nothing could assuage the adoration of her fans.
I Loved You For Your Voice recounts an ardent and enduring love story: of one man's love for a woman, of that woman's love for her music and her country, and of an entire world's love for its idols.

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A fictional memoir of the intense, symbiotic relationship between an Egyptian poet and the Arab world's greatest female singer.In rapt, lyrical prose, Paris-based writer and journalist Nassib spins a ... Read full review

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Paris-based Nassib, a journalist for Lib├»┬┐┬Żration, is the author of Un Amant de Palestine, a novel highlighting the complex and passionate relationship between Golda Meir and Lebanese-Palestinian ... Read full review

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Slim Nassib is also the author of I Loved You for Your Voice, a fictional biography of the singer Om Kalthoum. Nassib, a well-regarded journalist, served as a foreign correspondent for Liberation. A Lover in Palestine is his second novel. Born in Beirut, he now lives in Paris.

Alison Anderson holds a Ph.D. in computer security from the Queensland University of Technology and an MIS in information technology from the University of Queensland, Brisbane. Miss Anderson is senior lecturer on the Faculty of Information Technology and researcher in the Information Security Research Center at the Queensland University of Technology.

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