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This book continues the personal story of Jabra Ibrahim Jabra (1920A a¬a1994) that began with The First Well: A Bethlehem Boyhood. Jabra was one of the Middle EastA a¬a s leading novelists, poets, critics, painters, and translators (he was the first to translate The Sound and the Fury into Arabic), and is the writer who is given credit for modernizing the Arabic novel. This book not only helps us understand Jabra as a writer and human being but also his times in postA a¬aWorld War II Baghdad when Iraq was enjoying an unprecedented period of creativity in literature and the arts.

As a bright and inquisitive young man he became friends with the archeologist Max Mallowan and his wife, who, he later learned, was Agatha Christie (she wrote The Mousetrap during this period, in a little mud brick room). JabraA a¬a s intellectual autobiography quickly developed as he traveled to Jerusalem, Oxford, and Harvard University, where he studied with I. A. Richards and Archibald MacLeish. A number of different teaching posts in Baghdad provided him opportunities to become friends with many leading poets, such as Buland al-Haydari and Tawfiq Sayigh; historians like George Antonius; and the renowned translators of Arabic literature Desmond Stewart and Denys Johnson-Davies.

But this book is not only about matters of the mind, it is about matters of the heart as well. Jabra beautifully describes his lengthy love affair with a young Muslim woman, the beautiful Lamica, whom he first met near PrincessesA a¬a Street and whom he eventually married. He recounts all of the difficulties they had to surmount, and the pleasures to be had.

This is the last book that Jabra published during his lifetime. Not only is JabraA a¬a s life an outstanding example of the circumstancesA a¬aand fateA a¬aof the Palestinian in the twentieth century, but it also provides countless interesting insights into the cultural life of the Middle East in general and its modes of interconnection with the West.

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He studied with the likes of Archibald MacLeish and I.A. Richards. He was befriended by an archeologist and his wife, the latter turning out to be Agatha Christie. In some ways he led a charmed life, and his accomplishments, along with meeting interesting people and doing fascinating things at a time when Iraq was in a golden age of literature and the arts, include translating (including translating The Sound and the Fury into Arabic), writing fiction (both poetry and novels), publishing criticism and painting. In this gentle and very personal account, however, Jabra concentrates on how he somehow managed, in spite of all he had to do, to fall in love. This is the last of Jabra's books to be published in his lifetime and it is a moving tribute to the woman he adored throughout his adult life, who had the great good sense to recognize his gifts and marry him.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

He studied with the likes of Archibald MacLeish and I.A. Richards. He was befriended by an archeologist and his wife, the latter turning out to be Agatha Christie. In some ways he led a charmed life, and his accomplishments, along with meeting interesting people and doing fascinating things at a time when Iraq was in a golden age of literature and the arts, include translating (including translating The Sound and the Fury into Arabic), writing fiction (both poetry and novels), publishing criticism and painting. In this gentle and very personal account, however, Jabra concentrates on how he somehow managed, in spite of all he had to do, to fall in love. This is the last of Jabra's books to be published in his lifetime and it is a moving tribute to the woman he adored throughout his adult life, who had the great good sense to recognize his gifts and marry him. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

This book is a poignant, intellectual autobiography of the Palestinian writer in pre-Saddam Baghdad.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781557288028
Translator:
Boulatta, Issa J.
Publisher:
University of Arkansas Press
Translator:
Boulatta, Issa J.
Author:
Boulatta, Issa J.
Author:
Jabra, Jabra Ibrahim
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
Palestinian arabs
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Authors, Arab -- 20th century.
Subject:
Jabra, Jabra Ibrahim
Subject:
Biography - General
Publication Date:
20051031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
185
Dimensions:
8.52x5.08x.51 in. .53 lbs.

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