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Homecoming: Sixty Years of Egyptian Short Stories


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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 Mahmoud Teymour, 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 of styles, 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.

About the Author

Denys Johnson-Davies has produced more than thirty volumes of translation of modern Arabic literature, including The Essential Naguib Mahfouz (AUC Press, 2011). He received the Sheikh Zayed Book Award in 2007 for Personality of the Year in the Field of Culture.

Table of Contents

Secrets Ibrahim Abdel Meguid

Grandad Hasan Yahya Taher Abdullah

Homecoming Yusuf Abu Rayya

In the Place for Prayers Mohammed Afifi

At the Level Crossing Abbas Ahmed

Sylvia Ahmed Alaidy

The Report of Mrs. R. Concerning the Last Day of the Week Radwa Ashour

Drops of Lemon Juice Ibrahim Aslan

The Palm Tree My Aunt Loved Hana Atia

Sundown Shukri Ayyad

A Small White Mouse Salwa Bakr

The Days of the Black Cat Rehab Bassam

The Room Next Door Mohamed El-Bisatie

A House for My Children Mahmoud Diab

Hashish Steals the Night Shehata al-Erian

Eyes Staring into Space Mansoura Ez Eldin

The Dancer Shawqi Faheem

A Place under the Dome Abdul Rahman Fahmy

The Story of Black Knight Hosam Fakhr

Red and White Ibrahim Farghali

The Accusation Suleiman Fayyad

A Dog Hamdy el-Gazzar

The Old Clothes Man Fathy Ghanem

A Visit Gamal al-Ghitani

Put Out Those Lights Yousef Gohar

Cairo Is a Small City Nabil Gorgy

The Girls and the Rooster Abdou Gubeir

Mother of the Destitute Yahya Hakki

The Old Man Gamil Atia Ibrahim

Across Three Beds in the Afternoon Sonallah Ibrahim

The Chair Carrier Yusuf Idris

Undoing the Spell Said al-Kafrawi

Birds' Footsteps in the Sand Edwar al-Kharrat

The Man Who Saw the Sole of His Left Foot in a Cracked Mirror Lutfi al-Khouli

A Murder Long Ago Naguib Mahfouz

The Arrival Mohamed Makhzangi

The Guard's Chair Mohamed Makhzangi

A Lover Mohamed Makhzangi

The Man with the Mustache and the Bow Tie Mohamed Makhzangi

The Son, the Father, and the Donkey Sabri Moussa

Naked He Went Off Mohamed Mustagab

The Whistle Abd al-Hakim Qasim

The Dental Crown Youssef Rakha

Another Evening at the Club Alifa Rifaat

Paradise Itself Mahmoud al-Saadani

For the Love of God Abdul Hamid Gouda al-Sahhar

The Snooper Mekkawi Said

The Lost Suitcase Abdel-Moneim Selim

The Clock Khairy Shalaby

The Man and the Farm Yusuf Sharouni

The Mother Ibrahim Shukrallah

The Country Boy Yusuf al-Sibai

Useless Cats Bahaa Taher

The House of the Spinster Sahar Tawfiq

Abu Arab Mahmoud Teymour

Thirst Mahmoud Al-Wardani

The Picture Latifa al-Zayyat

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