Item description for Blue Aubergine by Miral al-Tahawy...
This novel tells the story of a young Egyptian woman, born in 1967, growing up in the wake of Egypt's defeat of that year, and maturing into womanhood against the social and political upheavals Egypt experienced during the final decades of the 20th century. Physically and emotionally scarred by her parents and the events of her childhood, and incapable of relating to men, Nada, "Blue Aubergine", fumbles through a series of dark and unsettling adventures, resorting first to full Islamic dress with "niqab" and gloves, and then throwing it all off for the flowing hair and tight clothes of the emancipated young graduate student, in an ever more desperate and ultimately failed search for tenderness and affection. A frank assessment of the damage society wreaks by foisting unwise claustrophobic values on its children, this text shifts unpredictably through time and space. A mixed crowd of aunts and teachers, classmates and fellow students, Marxists and Islamicists are there to people Blue Aubergine's bewildering journey to the knowledge that the maintenance of chastity and innocence and her determination to cling to the threads of silk and lace that bind her to her past bring only misery and isolation.
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Studio: AUC Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.2" Width: 5.84" Height: 0.63" Weight: 0.64 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2002
Publisher AUC Press
ISBN 9774247264 ISBN13 9789774247262
Availability 0 units.
More About Miral al-Tahawy
Miral al-Tahawy was born in the Nile Delta province of El Sharqiyya, the daughter of a tribe known as al-Hanadi. Al-Tahawy has written several critically acclaimed works, including The Tent and Blue Aubergine (both published in English by the American University in Cairo Press). Her novels provide rare insight into the lives of Bedouin women in Egypt.
Miral Al-Tahawy has an academic affiliation as follows - Appalachian State University Arizona State University Appalachian Stat.
Reviews - What do customers think about Blue Aubergine?
I did not like it Sep 13, 2007
I did not enjoy that book much. I mean, there are some interesting points in the narration regarding the heroine's life, but the continuous change of persons (I, she) who tell the story is tiring. Nevertheless, the book is an example of modern arabic literature, but there are numerous other books that are worth buying and reading.