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Hunger (Modern Arabic Literature) [Hardcover]

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As with his earlier works, Mohamed El-Bisaties novel is set in the Egyptian countryside, about which he writes with such understanding. Episodic in form, it deals with a familyZaghloul the layabout father, Sakeena the long-suffering wife, and two young boys. The central theme of the book is hunger: the hunger of not knowing where ones next meal is coming from, and the universal hunger for sex and love. Sakeenas life revolves round trying to provide her family with the necessary daily loaves of bread that will stave off starvation. Labor-shy Zaghloul works on and off at one of the villages cafs, but prefers to spend his time listening in on conversations about subjects such as politics, which he would have likedhad he but had an educationto know more about. He is also intrigued by the stories told by young university students about their sexual exploits. Eventually chance presents him with a new job: to keep company with an elderly and over-fat man and help him on and off the mule he has to use for getting about.

After looking in turn at the lives of the husband and the wife, the novel finally focuses on their elder son, who, although lacking the advantages of any sort of education, none the less shows more initiative than his father, and discovers his own way of contributing to the family bread larder. Despite its bleak title, Hunger is told with a lightness of touch and the writers trademark wry humor.

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Studio: American University in Cairo Press
Pages   117
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 15, 2008
Publisher   American University in Cairo Press
ISBN  9774161408  
ISBN13  9789774161407  

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More About Mohamed El-Bisatie

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! MOHAMED EL-BISATIE is the author of a number of novels and collections of short stories, including A Last Glass of Tea and Other Stories (AUC Press, 1994) and Houses Behind the Trees (AUC Press, 1997). He was awarded the Oweiss prize in 2001.

Mohamed El-Bisatie currently resides in Cairo.

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