Distant View of a Minaret and Other Stories

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Waveland Press, 16 בינו׳ 2014 - 116 עמודים

“More convincingly than any other woman writing in Arabic today, Alifa Rifaat lifts the veil on what it means to be a woman living within a traditional Muslim society.” So states the translator’s foreword to this collection of the Egyptian author’s best short stories. Rifaat (1930–1996) did not go to university, spoke only Arabic, and seldom traveled abroad. This virtual immunity from Western influence lends a special authenticity to her direct yet sincere accounts of death, sexual fulfillment, the lives of women in purdah, and the frustrations of everyday life in a male-dominated Islamic environment. Translated from the Arabic by Denys Johnson-Davies, the collection admits the reader into a hidden private world, regulated by the call of the mosque, but often full of profound anguish and personal isolation. Badriyya’s despairing anger at her deceitful husband, for example, or the haunting melancholy of “At the Time of the Jasmine,” are treated with a sensitivity to the discipline and order of Islam.


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ביקורת משתמש  - REINADECOPIAYPEGA - LibraryThing

Unusual very short stories. The author and I are at logger heads with regard to the treatment of women in North Africa and the Middle East. She wants no major changes to how their religion is followed ... קרא סקירה מלאה

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ביקורת משתמש  - bezoar44 - LibraryThing

A number of reviews take care to point out that these short stories are not feminist, which is true enough; they are closely-observed pictures of (mostly) women's lives in Egypt. Some of the settings ... קרא סקירה מלאה


Distant View of a Minaret
Bahiyyas Eyes
Telephone Call
Thursday Lunch
An Incident in the Ghobashi Household
Badriyya and Her Husband
Me and My Sister
The Long Night of Winter
My World of the Unknown
At the Time of the Jasmine
The Flat in Nakshabandi Street
Degrees of Death
The Kite
Just Another Day
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