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Passion, unconventional romance, and the determination of a strong female character to live her life freely.

This audacious novel opens with Ayn as she reflects on the act of writing and wonders if love alone is sufficient subject for a narrative. Haltingly at first, she weaves the tale of her love affair with Ali with witty asides about her own writing, and the limits and self-deceptions that are at the heart of all storytelling. As the story finds its way, through sea and desert, and the realms of mysticism and magic, we learn of a passionate, volatile relationship, one severely tested through countless separations, of Ayn's relationships with other men, including her intense encounters with a Corsican ex-convict, and of her own desire to escape the confines of marriage, even to the man she loves. Disarmingly candid in the telling, So You May See leads us gently into a revolt, a fierce rebuttal of conventional romantic literature and an indictment of the sexual mores and unquestioned attitudes to marriage and relationships in contemporary Egypt.

About the Author

Mona Prince was born in Cairo in 1970. She is associate professor of English Literature at Suez Canal University in Egypt. She has published novels and short stories in Arabic, and has translated both poetry and short stories.

Raphael Cohen (trans.) studied Arabic at Balliol College, Oxford and the University of Chicago. He is a translator and lexicographer and is currently living in Cairo.

Product Details

ISBN:
9789774164446
Author:
Prince, Mona
Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
Author:
null, Raphael
Author:
null, Mona
Author:
Raphael Cohen
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature/English | World Literature | Middle East
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Publication Date:
20110631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Dimensions:
5.2 x 8.2 x 0.9 in 0.894 lb

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