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Nights of Musk: Stories from Old Nubia [Hardcover]

By Haggag Hassan Oddoul (Author)
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This collection of short stories, both poignant and skillfully crafted, bring to life the tragic demise of traditional Nubian life and culture. If the earlier dams that were built across the Nile during the first half of the twentieth century caused increasing numbers of the men to migrate north to Cairo and Alexandria to work as servants, waiters, and doormen, the completion of the High Dam in 1964 sounded the death knell. While the temples of Abu Simbel were meticulously relocated at great expense, the drowning of the ancient heartland of the Nubian people along the banks of the Nile went largely unnoticed.

Haggag Oddoul's work, as well as documenting the personal tragedy of individuals caught up in massive social transformation, also casts a nostalgic light on the heritage and way of life of the Nubians: their rhythmic dancing, their beautiful women, the lively humor of their elders, and the enormous centrality of their traditions and the spirits with which they shared the environment.

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Studio: American University in Cairo Press
Pages   128
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.9" Width: 5" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2005
Publisher   American University in Cairo Press
ISBN  9774248945  
ISBN13  9789774248948  

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More About Haggag Hassan Oddoul

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! HAGGAG HASSAN ODDOUL was born to parents who had left their native village in the Nubian region of southern Egypt. He was a construction worker on the Aswan High Dam, then served in the Egyptian armed forces during the War of Attrition and the October 1973 War. He began writing at the age of forty, and has written short stories, novels, and plays. Nights of Musk was awarded the State Prize for Short Stories in 1990.

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I love it  Feb 22, 2007
I'm from Nubia my self, I tell ya, the translation into English is EXCELLENT. He really gets you in the story, so if you're Nubian or anywhere from anywhere in Africa, pick up the book, you'll love it. and if you're not, this is your chance to share a laugh and learn a lot about the Nubian culture through this book.

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