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The Map of Loveby Ahdaf Soueif
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Booker Prize Finalist
"Sweeping and evocative--. An unconventional love story."--The Times (London)
With her first novel, In the Eye of the Sun, Ahdaf Soueif garnered comparisons to Tolstoy, Flaubert, and George Eliot. In her latest novel, which was shortlisted for Britain's prestigious Booker Prize, she combines the romantic skill of the nineteenth-century novelists with a very modern sense of culture and politics--both sexual and international.
At either end of the twentieth century, two women fall in love with men outside their familiar worlds. In 1901, Anna Winterbourne, recently widowed, leaves England for Egypt, an outpost of the Empire roiling with nationalist sentiment. Far from the comfort of the British colony, she finds herself enraptured by the real Egypt and in love with Sharif Pasha al-Baroudi. Nearly a hundred years later, Isabel Parkman, a divorced American journalist and descendant of Anna and Sharif has fallen in love with Omar al-Ghamrawi, a gifted and difficult Egyptian-American conductor with his own passionate politics. In an attempt to understand her conflicting emotions and to discover the truth behind her heritage, Isabel, too, travels to Egypt, and enlists Omar's sister's help in unravelling the story of Anna and Sharif's love.
Joining the romance and intricate storytelling of A.S. Byatt's Possession and Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient, Ahdaf Soueif has once again created a mesmerizing tale of genuine eloquence and lasting importance.
In Diary of a Child Called Souad, El Saadwi gives us a young female protagonist whose spirit longs for freedom from the restraints in her world that she does not understand. Through Souad’s eyes, we see the oppression of women within a household, as we witness her grandfather’s fierce dominance over her family and her grandmother’s and aunt’s unbearable silence. With Souad’s story, El Saadwi paints a precise, tragic portrait of the personal—yet universal—tragedy experienced by an entire society of Egyptian girls.
Collected for the first time in one complete volume, God Dies by the Nile and other Novels are three of El Saadawi’s most remarkable tales of tragedy, revenge, despair, and violence. Powerful and moving, El Saadawi masterfully captures the personal struggles of women in a society steeped in hypocrisy and reveals the daily revolt of women against the corrupt norms of the Arab world.
About the Author
Ahdaf Soueif was born in Cairo and educated in Egypt and England. She lives in London.
Table of Contents
Translator’s note: Why is Nawal El Saadawi Banned?
Introduction by Nawal El Saadawi
A Diary of a Child Called Souad
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