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I Sweep the Sun Off Rooftops: Stories

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Since the U.S. publication of Women of Sand and Myrrh--which has now sold more than 35,000 copies and was selected as one of the Fifty Best Books of 1992 by Publishers Weekly--Hanan al-Shaykh has attracted an ever larger following for her dazzling tales of contemporary Arab women. In these seventeen short stories--eleven of which are appearing in English for the first time--al-Shaykh expands her horizons beyond the boundaries of Lebanon, taking us throughout the Middle East, to Africa, and finally to London. Stylistically diverse, her stories are often about the shifting and ambiguous power relationships between different cultures--as well as between men and women. Often compared to both Margaret Atwood and Margaret Drabble, Hanan al-Shaykh is "a gifted and courageous writer" (Middle Eastern International).

Synopsis:

Since the U.S. publication of Women of Sand and Myrrh — which has now sold more than 35,000 copies and was selected as one of the Fifty Best Books of 1992 by Publishers Weekly — Hanan al-Shaykh has attracted an ever larger following for her dazzling tales of contemporary Arab women. In these seventeen short stories — eleven of which are appearing in English for the first time — al-Shaykh expands her horizons beyond the boundaries of Lebanon, taking us throughout the Middle East, to Africa, and finally to London. Stylistically diverse, her stories are often about the shifting and ambiguous power relationships between different cultures — as well as between men and women.

A compelling short story collection by the Arab world's foremost woman writer. "Hanan al-Shaykh is a writer of enormous insight". — Seattle Times/Post-Intelligencer

Synopsis:

In the seventeen short stories that comprise I Sweep the Sun Off Rooftops, al-Shaykh limns in evocative prose the shifting and ambiguous power relationships that shape the landscape of the modern Arab world. Al-Shaykh's characters find themselves at the intersection of tradition and encroaching modernity, of East and West, of the innocence of childhood and the realities of adult life, of the everyday and the fantastical. In these stories, a woman feigns insanity to escape from an empty marriage, only to have her plans backfire; a young Danish missionary finds herself slowly and inexorably drawn into the world of the Yemeni village where she has been sent to work; a woman's lighthearted attempt to contact the world of the dead turns serious when she encounters the spirit of her late husband.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385491273
Translator:
Cobham, Catherine
Author:
Cobham, Catherine
Author:
Shaykh, Hanan
Author:
Al-Shaykh, Hanan
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19980831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.02x5.21x.77 in. .51 lbs.

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Product details 288 pages Anchor Books/Doubleday - English 9780385491273 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Since the U.S. publication of Women of Sand and Myrrh — which has now sold more than 35,000 copies and was selected as one of the Fifty Best Books of 1992 by Publishers Weekly — Hanan al-Shaykh has attracted an ever larger following for her dazzling tales of contemporary Arab women. In these seventeen short stories — eleven of which are appearing in English for the first time — al-Shaykh expands her horizons beyond the boundaries of Lebanon, taking us throughout the Middle East, to Africa, and finally to London. Stylistically diverse, her stories are often about the shifting and ambiguous power relationships between different cultures — as well as between men and women.

A compelling short story collection by the Arab world's foremost woman writer. "Hanan al-Shaykh is a writer of enormous insight". — Seattle Times/Post-Intelligencer

"Synopsis" by , In the seventeen short stories that comprise I Sweep the Sun Off Rooftops, al-Shaykh limns in evocative prose the shifting and ambiguous power relationships that shape the landscape of the modern Arab world. Al-Shaykh's characters find themselves at the intersection of tradition and encroaching modernity, of East and West, of the innocence of childhood and the realities of adult life, of the everyday and the fantastical. In these stories, a woman feigns insanity to escape from an empty marriage, only to have her plans backfire; a young Danish missionary finds herself slowly and inexorably drawn into the world of the Yemeni village where she has been sent to work; a woman's lighthearted attempt to contact the world of the dead turns serious when she encounters the spirit of her late husband.
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