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Dunyazad (Middle Eastern Fiction) Paperback – June 1, 2000

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Product Details

  • Series: Middle Eastern Fiction
  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Saqi Books (June 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863563406
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863563409
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.3 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,175,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Subtly sketched... etched with energy and tenderness.' Boyd Tonkin, The Independent 'This book has to be one of the best recent Arabic novels to appear in English.'Richard Woffenden, Cairo Times

Book Description

May Telmissany’s novel is the story of a woman who suffers one of life’s greatest tragedies, the loss of her child. We read about the trauma of the event and the devastating effect on herself and those surrounding her. The novel explores in great detail the slow and agonizing process of recovery, both physical and psychological, and the ways in which the narrator wills herself to pick up the shattered pieces of her life.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Arnab on November 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
May[y] Telmissany's novel operates (read journeys) on three distinct but inexorably linked thematic tracks: (1) the individual or Romantic (hence extremely private and narcissistic); (2) the community-based (of the culturally-driven extended family); and (3) the public which resonates of (a) the "hara," or neighborhood; (b) the "watan," or Egyptian city/nation; and, by extension, (c) the "dunya," or world/life at large. Dunya (life) zad (food), hence "food for/of life," the unnamed narrator's baby girl, is sadly but justifiably stillborn. The cycle is unbroken. In the end is the beginning!
As a work of art, however, Telmissany's work remains a narrative gestalt--a symbolic, irreducible configuration.
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