Item description for Maryam's Maze: A Modern Arabic Novel (Modern Arabic Literature) by Mansoura Ez-Eldin...
A young woman named Maryam wakes from a disturbing, violent dream to find herself in a bed in a strange apartment in Cairo, rather than in her dormitory room where she fell asleep. With this enigmatic scene, Mansoura Ez Eldin begins an eerie tale of a woman cut loose from her world and struggling to reconnect the tenuous links to her former life. On her own in the city, she can find no way to contact her former roommate, who has now vanished, or her boyfriend, a journalist who seems to have left no trace of his existence. His phone is out of service, his employer has no record of him, and even his byline has disappeared from old newspapers she has kept. From Cairo, the narrative flashed back to the country villa of Maryam's wealthy family, where grief and madness lurked between the cracks of her childhood. Maryam's ever more desperate attempts to recapture the familiar world she once inhabited reveal a Gothic tale reminiscent of Poe or Palahniuk. A haunting allegory with a surprising ending, Maryam's Maze is an imaginative first novel by one of the most promising members of Egypt's vibrant new literary generation.
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Studio: American University in Cairo Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.2" Width: 5.1" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date May 15, 2007
Publisher American University in Cairo Press
ISBN 9774160568 ISBN13 9789774160561
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More About Mansoura Ez-Eldin
MANSOURA EZ-ELDIN was born in the Egyptian Delta and graduated with a degree in journalism from Cairo University in 1998. She has published a collection of short stories, and presently runs the book review section of the literary magazine Akhbar al-Adab. Maryam's Maze is her first novel.
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Between existance and non-existance Jun 12, 2007
This is a fascinating novel drawing on cultural and religious mysticism surrounding death. The protagonist exists in a dreamscape somewhere between reality and that moment before she enters the undiscovered country. The author draws upon the cultural beliefs surrounding violent dreams ending in death and the existence of a double that dwells for a while besides the soul of the departing. The protagonist wanders through her world that has changed as if she never existed. Relationships, employment, family and friends become disconnected from memory as she witnesses or relives tragic events in her family's past (or present) that have political overtones in an increasingly violent and sectarian society. I read it twice before I understood the novel. The author does not claim to know the death experience but to question reality, dreams, existence and non-existence as being plausible and raising unanswered questions. The driving force is the protagonist's gradual disconnection from life as she eventually confronts the reality of her own violent end. It is a short novel that will leave you unsettled and wondering. A wonderful achievement.