A Reader of Modern Arabic Short Stories (Ar and En)

By: Hafez, Sabry / Catherine Cobham, Editor

Language: English and Arabic


Stories in Arabic, Introduction, Biography, and Story Analysis in English. Designed for the English-speaking student, this reader brings together the Arabic texts of 11 modern Arabic short stories. Each is preceded by an introduction in English, containing biographical information about the author and a critical analysis of the story.

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Language:English and Arabic
Pages: 222 pp
Publisher:Saqi Books, 1988
Dimensions:13.5 x 21 cm
Topic:Arabic Literature - Short Stories

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This reader consists of the full Arabic text of 11 carefully chosen and very readable short stories by established Egyptian, Iraqi, Syrian and Jordanian writers. The earliest story, written in 1929, is by the Egyptian Mahmud Tahir Lashin; the most recent by the Iraqi writer, Fuad al-Takarli, written in 1972. Each story has an introduction, in English, with biographical information about the author, placing him in his literary context, a description of the contents and a brief analysis of the story itself. In addition, each story is accompanied by a critical literary analysis. The aim of this collection is to encourage a literary appreciation of modern Arabic texts, and an understanding of some of the cultural conflicts reflected in the writings. This title includes writers such as Yusuf Idris, Idwar El Kharrat, Yahya Haqqi, Zakariyya Tamir and Ghalib Halasa. It is ideal for students of Arabic language and literature.

'Excellent - the analytical introductions to each story are not only accurate but full of critical insight' Roger Owen, Oxford Journals 'The editors have succeeded in assembling a varied selection of stories set in widely differing milieux and treating a considerable number of themes - [this volume] will no doubt prove a stimulus to further serious literary study in modern Arabic.' Die Welt Des Islams (The World of Islam)

Sabry Hafez is a distinguished literary critic. He has taught Arabic at universities in Egypt, Britain, Sweden and the United States. He is currently Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature at Qatar University. His many works include The Quest for Identities, winner of the Choice Outstanding Awards, and The Genesis of Arabic Discourse (both Saqi). Catherine Cobham studied Arabic in Leeds and Manchester, and currently teaches Arabic at the University of St Andrews. She has translated the work of Naguib Mahfouz, Mahmoud Darwish, Nawal El Saadawi and Adonis amongst others.

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