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The Tent is a beautifully written, powerful, and disturbing novel, featuring a host of women characters whose lives are subject to the will of a single, often absent, patriarch and his brutal, foul-mouthed mother. Told through the eyes of a young girl, the lives of the Bedouin and peasant women unfold, revealing the tragedy of the sonless mother and the intolerable heaviness of existence.

Set against trackless deserts and star-filled night skies, the story tells of the young girl's relationship with her distant father and a foreign woman who is well-meaning but ultimately motivated by self-interest. It provides an intimate glimpse inside the women's quarters, and chronicles their pastimes and preoccupations, their stories and their songs.

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The Tent is a beautifully written, powerful, and disturbing novel, featuring a host of women characters whose lives are subject to the will of a single, often absent, patriarch and his brutal, foul-mouthed mother. Told through the eyes of a young girl, the lives of the Bedouin and peasant women unfold, revealing the tragedy of the sonless mother and the intolerable heaviness of existence.

About the Author

Miral al-Tahawy was born in 1968 and studied literature at Cairo University. The Tent, her first novel, was widely acclaimed when it was first published in Arabic in 1996 as al-Khibaa'. She has also written a collection of short stories and a second novel, al-Badhingana al-zarqa.

Anthony Calderbank has lived in Egypt for many years and has had a long interest in Arabic language and literature. He currently teaches English at the American University in Cairo.

Product Details

ISBN:
9789774245428
Author:
Tahawi, Miral
Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
Translator:
Calderbank, Anthony
Author:
Tahawy, Miral
Author:
Al-Tahawy, Miral
Author:
Calderbank, Anthony
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literature/English | World Literature | Middle East
Series:
Modern Arabic Writing
Publication Date:
19981131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
140
Dimensions:
8.32x5.24x.37 in. .41 lbs.

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Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
History and Social Science » World History » General
Religion » Comparative Religion » General
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"Synopsis" by , The Tent is a beautifully written, powerful, and disturbing novel, featuring a host of women characters whose lives are subject to the will of a single, often absent, patriarch and his brutal, foul-mouthed mother. Told through the eyes of a young girl, the lives of the Bedouin and peasant women unfold, revealing the tragedy of the sonless mother and the intolerable heaviness of existence.
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