Fiction in Translation
English edition  
March  2009
108 pp.
Hardbound
12.5X20 cm
$16.95
LE90
ISBN 9789774162275
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Miral al-Tahawy
Translated by Anthony Calderbank

From the author of The Tent and Blue Aubergine

This short but cleverly crafted novel recounts the tale of Muhra, a young woman born of the descendants of the Bedouin tribes who settled in Egypt’s Nile Delta in the nineteenth century. Past mingles with present and myth and folklore blend with reality, as Muhra seeks to discover the truth about her mother through the old family photographs that adorn the walls of her grandfather’s house and other documents hidden away in cupboards and drawers. Muhra’s tale of self-discovery is set against the dwindling fortunes of her own people as they struggle to preserve their identity and culture amid the larger Egyptian community that encroaches upon them. Unwilling to give up despite premonitions of doom, Muhra moves inexorably toward the bitter truth about her mother’s poignant life.
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Miral al-Tahawy has been described by the Washington Post as “the first novelist to present Egyptian Bedouin life beyond stereotypes and to illustrate the crises of Bedouin women and their urge to break free.” She is the author of The Tent (AUC Press, 1998) and Blue Aubergine (AUC Press, 2002). Anthony Calderbank has translated several works of modern Arabic fiction, most recently Yousef al-Mohaimeed’s Wolves of the Crescent Moon (AUC Press, 2007).

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