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Sixty Years of Egyptian Short Stories

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Award-winning translator of Arabic literature Denys Johnson-Davies presents an anthology of short stories covering sixty years of Egypt in the turbulent 20th Century.Short story writing in Egypt was still in its infancy when Denys Johnson-Davies, described by Edward Said as "the leading Arabic-English translator of our time," arrived in Cairo as a young man in the 1940s. Nevertheless, he was immediately impressed by such writing talents of the time as MahmoudTeymour, Yahya Hakki, Yusuf Gohar, and the future Nobel literature laureate Naguib Mahfouz, and he set about translating their works for local English-language periodicals of the time.He continued to translate over the decades, and sixty years later he brings together this remarkable overview of the work of several generations of Egypt's leading short story writers. This selection of some fifty stories represents not only a cross-section through time but also a spectrum ofstyles, and includes works by Teymour, Hakki, Gohar, and Mahfouz and later writers such as Mohamed El-Bisatie, Said el-Kafrawi, Bahaa Taher, and Radwa Ashour, as well as new young writers of today like Hamdy El-Gazzar, Mansoura Ez Eldin, and Youssef Rakha.
Publisher: Cairo [Egypt] ; New York : American University in Cairo Press, 2012.
ISBN: 9789774164477
9774164474
Branch Call Number: FIC HOME CO
Characteristics: vii, 359 p. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Johnson-Davies, Denys

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