In Uncategorized on February 14, 2012 at 8:46 am

Arabic Literature (in English)

If you’re looking for long Arab love stories with which to woo your beloved, Ahdaf Soueif listed five for The Guardian back in 2009 (1) Latifa al-Zayyat’s The Open Door; 2) Naguib Mahfouz’s The Cairo Trilogy; 3) Colette Khoury’s Days with Him; 4) Enayat el-Zayyat’s Love and Silence, and 5) Layla al-Juhani’s Jahiliyya). Myself, I am partial to the love story in Taha Hussein’s Call of the Curlew, although I’m not really sure of its effects on a beloved.

If you had the time, you could read your beloved Specters (Radwa Ashour, trans. Barbara Romaine), I Saw Ramallah (Mourid Barghouti, trans. Ahdaf Soueif), and I Was Born There, I Was Born Here (Mourid Bargouti, trans. Humphrey Davies), for the wonderful, tender married-love bits from the lives of novelist Radwa Ashour and poet Mourid Barghouti. The way these three books talk to each other is a…

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