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The Essential Tawfiq Al-hakim [Hardcover]

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The importance of Tawfiq al-Hakim (18981989) to the emergence of a modern Arabic literature is second only to that of Naguib Mahfouz. If the latter put the novel among the genres of writing that are now an accepted part of literary production in the Arab world today, Tawfiq al-Hakim is recognized as the undisputed creator of a literature of the theater. In this volume, Tawfiq al-Hakims fame as a playwright is given prominence. Of the more than seventy plays he wrote, The Sultans Dilemma, dealing with a historical subject in an appealingly light-hearted manner, is perhaps the best known; it appears in the extended edition of Nortons World Masterpieces and was broadcast on the old Home Service of the BBC. The other full-length play included here, The Tree Climber, is one that reveals al-Hakims openness to outside influences in this case, the absurdist mode of writing. Of the two one-act plays in this collection, The Donkey Market shows his deftness at turning a traditional folk tale into a hilarious stage comedy.

Tawfiq al-Hakim produced several of the earliest examples of the novel in Arabic; included in this volume is an extract from his best known work in that genre, the delightful Diary of a Country Prosecutor, in which he draws on his own experience as a public prosecutor in the Egyptian countryside. Three of the many short stories he published are also included, as well as an extract from The Prison of Life, an autobiography in which Tawfiq al-Hakim writes with commendable frankness about himself.

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Studio: American University in Cairo Press
Pages   233
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 9"
Weight:   1.24 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jul 14, 2008
Publisher   American University in Cairo Press
ISBN  9774161513  
ISBN13  9789774161513  

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More About Denys Johnson-Davies

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Denys Johnson-Davies has lived much of his life in the Middle East and has published fifteen volumes of modern Arabic literature. He lives in Cairo, Abu Dhabi, and Spain. Roger Allen is Professor of Arabic Literature at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of "The Arabic Novel" (1994) and "Modern Arabic Literature" (1987).

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Revealing what goes through the head of a great Middle Eastern writer  Oct 7, 2008
For a near century, Tawfiq Al-Hakim made his presence felt on the creative scene in Arabic speaking countries. "The Essential Tawfiq Al-Hakim" is a celebration of his life and work, revealing what goes through the head of a great Middle Eastern writer. It anthologizes a great deal of his work, giving examples and explaining their importance. A must for any student of Middle Eastern literature, "The Essential Tawfiq Al-Hakim" is very highly recommended to both academic community library literary studies collections.

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