Zanouba /out El Kouloub

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Syracuse University Press, 1996 - Fiction - 204 pages
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Out el Kouloub (1892-1968) is an author whose voice is just becoming heard in the United States. A member of the Muslim aristocracy in Egypt, she wrote unforgettable novels, mostly about Egyptian women of varying social classes and about family life in a traditional society. Like most members of the aristocracy, she wrote in French. In Zanouba, the reader is treated to vivid scenes of Egyptian middle-class life, starting in the 1900s. Abundant in traditional poems, songs, sayings, and rituals, the story of Zanouba enhances our understanding of certain deeply seated aspects of Egyptian life: the practices - including elaborate rituals - involved in guaranteeing the birth of a son; the jealousy and anger of the barren wife. Out el Kouloub's lush documentation bridges past and present while telling a tale that is both believable and touching.
 

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Zanouba ($39.95; paper $14.95; Jan. 15, 1997; 224 pp.; 0-8156-2718-1; paper 0-8156-0408-4): A portrayal of life in a late-19th-century harem, rich in descriptions of village customs, conflicts, and ... Read full review

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This novel has some of the elements of a spy thriller: covert operations, mistaken identities, secrets, and betrayal. Yet it is tale of a young woman coming of age in early 20th-century Egypt. The ... Read full review

Contents

Funeral
3
Prospects
12
Marriage
22
Dawn
34
Part Two Mashalla
37
Zanouba in Matariyya
39
Bread
47
Jealousy
59
The Divorce
117
Zanouba Visits Darb el Magharba
122
Zanoubas Return to Matariyya
126
Witchcraft Which Renders Its Victims Sterile
135
Sterile Women
137
El Maghrawi
141
The Hammam of Muhammad Ali
148
At the Pyramids
154

Quietude
66
The Night of Desperation
77
Zanouba Struggles for Life
82
Part Three Justice in the Harem
93
Accusation
95
The Oath
105
Part Five The Child
165
Zanouba Is Pregnant
167
Preparations
176
Birth
190
The Seboo
198
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