Item description for The Crane (Modern Arabic Literature) by Halim Barakat, Bassam Frangieh & Roger Allen...
In 'The Crane', the renowned Syro-Lebanese author and sociologist Halim Barakat creates a narrator who looks back wistfully on a childhood in a small village of Syria, with the image of flying cranes - and in particular one wounded bird - as a continuing symbol of his emotions toward the past and its impact upon his life. The narrator then travels to the United States, and, with his wife, goes through the experiences of American college life in the 1960s. He describes his participation in the political protests during that fraught decade, and goes on to depict his later life in the American capital of Washington DC and its surroundings. The link between narrator and author is clearly a close one, and yet the careful way in which the narrative's sequence is constructed allows the reader to invoke the world of the imagination in interpreting this nostalgic account of a Middle Eastern childhood and its international aftermath.
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Studio: American University in Cairo Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5" Height: 8" Weight: 0.76 lbs.
Release Date Jul 14, 2008
Publisher American University in Cairo Press
ISBN 9774161416 ISBN13 9789774161414
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More About Halim Barakat, Bassam Frangieh & Roger Allen
Halim Barakat is Research Professor at Georgetown University's Center for Contemporary Arab Studies and author of "Lebanon in Strife" (1979). His several novels in Arabic are widely read in the Middle East. Two novels, "Days of Dust" and "Six Days" (1983 and 1990), have been translated into English.