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Under the Naked Sky: Short Stories from the Arab World (Modern Arabic Writing) [Paperback]

By Denys Johnson-Davies (Editor)
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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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Item Specifications...

Studio: American University in Cairo Press
Pages   252
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.72 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2004
Publisher   American University in Cairo Press
ISBN  9774247809  
ISBN13  9789774247804  

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More About Denys Johnson-Davies

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Denys Johnson-Davies has lived much of his life in the Middle East and has published fifteen volumes of modern Arabic literature. He lives in Cairo, Abu Dhabi, and Spain. Roger Allen is Professor of Arabic Literature at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of "The Arabic Novel" (1994) and "Modern Arabic Literature" (1987).

Denys Johnson-Davies has published or released items in the following series...
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stuff of dreams  Dec 13, 2007
I can attest to the power of Under the Naked Sky to infiltrate the unconscious--while reading it I had several remarkable dreams that partook of the spirit of these stories. For this, I am grateful, as I am for this collection of stories which I read from first to last with great interest and pleasure. If stories are supposed to make you ask yourself interesting questions, this book does the trick.

I've ordered this one for my college level class in International Short Stories, and I'm looking forward to our discussions. At a time when we are all so imaginatively involved with this part of the world, those of us who care about the voices of fiction should have enough curiosity to pick up this one.


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