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The Long Way Back: A Modern Arabic Novel (Modern Arabic Literature) [Paperback]

By Fuad Takarli & Catherine Cobham (Translator)
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The Long Way Back tells the story of four generations of the same family living in an old house in the Bab al-Shaykh area of Baghdad. Through exquisite layering of the overlapping worlds of the characters, their private conflicts and passions are set against the wider drama of events leading up to the overthrow of prime minister Abd al-Karim Qasim and the initial steps to power of the Baath party in Iraq in 1962-63. The skilful building-up of the characters and their worlds within a brief and clearly determined period of recent history allows for a bold and intelligent portrayal of the ambiguous strengths and weaknesses of Iraqi and wider Arab culture. In addition, the dramatization of the relationships between generations, social groups, and genders is achieved with a mixture of humor, bitter irony and compassion that identifies it as a great work of Arabic literature.

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Studio: American University in Cairo Press
Pages   379
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 4.75" Height: 7.75"
Weight:   1.1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 7, 2007
Publisher   American University in Cairo Press
ISBN  9774160924  
ISBN13  9789774160929  

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More About Fuad Takarli & Catherine Cobham

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Fuad al-Takarli was born in Baghdad and graduated in law from Baghdad University in 1949. He worked in the Ministry of Justice, was made a judge in 1956, and rose to be head of the Court of Appeal in Baghdad. In 1983 he resigned from this post to devote himself to writing. He studied law in Paris from 1964 to 1966 and lived briefly in Paris again during the 1980s. Since 1990 he has lived in Tunis. In 2000 he was awarded the prestigious Owais Prize for the Arabic Novel.

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A great Work From Iraq  Dec 7, 2001
Reading Al-Takarli's 'The Long Way Back' took me away from my comfy sofa to the rich sumptuous orient in the Baghdad of the 1960s.
The translation by Catherine Cobham is excellent.
The Stendhal of Iraq has arrived in English!  Nov 30, 2001
Finally, readers in the English language will catch up with their French counterparts and get the chance to read the first of Fuad Al-Takarli's novels 'The Long Way Back'. A story of love, friendship, ambition and murder in 1960s Baghdad.
Being one of a small number of Iraqi works of fiction available in English, it will serve to acquaint the reader with aspects of life in that country that go beyond the usual suspects whenever Iraq is mentioned. The common humanity of the people of this ancient nation, with a history stretching back to thousands of years, will become that bit more obvious.
I can not recommend it enough...

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