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The Open Door is a landmark of women's writing in Arabic. Published in 1960, it was very bold for its time in exploring a middle-class Egyptian girl's coming of sexual and political age, in the context of the Egyptian nationalist movement preceding the 1952 revolution. The novel traces the pressures on young women and young men of that time and class as they seek to free themselves of family control and social expectations. Young Layla and her brother become involved in the student activism of the 1940s and early 1950s and in the popular resistance to continued imperialist rule; the story culminates in the 1956 Suez Crisis, when Gamal Abd al-Nasser's nationalization of the Canal led to a British, French, and Israeli invasion. Not only daring in her themes, Latifa al-Zayyat was also bold in her use of colloquial Arabic, and the novel contains some of the liveliest dialogue in modern Arabic literature.

"Not only a great novel, but a literary landmark that shaped our consciousness." Abdel Moneim Tallima

"A great anticolonialist work in a feminist key." Ferial Ghazoul

"Latifa al-Zayyat greatly helped all of us Egyptian writers in our early writing careers." Naguib Mahfouz

About the Author

Latifa al-Zayyat (192396) struggled all her life to uphold just causes national integrity, the welfare of the poor, human rights, freedom of expression, and the rejection of all forms of imperialist hegemony. As a professor of English literature at Ain Shams University, her critical output was no less prolific than her creative writing, but the creative, academic, and political strands of her personality were interwoven. The Open Door is generally recognized as her magnum opus.

MARILYN BOOTH received her D.Phil. in Arabic literature and modern Middle East history from St. Antony's College, Oxford. She has translated numerous works of Arabic fiction, most recently The Tiller of Waters by Hoda Barakat (AUC Press 2001).

Product Details

ISBN:
9789774246982
Author:
Al-Zayyat, Latifa
Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
Author:
Al-Zayyat, Latifa
Author:
Booth, Marilyn
Location:
Cairo
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Egypt
Subject:
Nationalism
Subject:
Middle class
Subject:
Student movements
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Political
Edition Number:
1st pbk. ed.
Series:
Modern Arabic writing
Series Volume:
no. 1
Publication Date:
20041031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
380
Dimensions:
4.9 x 7.8 x 1 in 1.125 lb

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