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Blue Aubergine (06 Edition)by Miral Al-tahawy
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A novel of an Egyptian young woman??'s coming of age in a time and placeof tumult
Blue Aubergine tells the story of a young Egyptian woman, born in 1967, growing up in the wake of Egypt's defeat of that year, and maturing into womanhood against the social and political upheavals Egypt experienced during the final decades of the twentieth century.Physically and emotionally scarred by her parents and the events of her childhood, and incapable of relating to men, Nada, the Blue Aubergine, fumbles through a series of dark and unsettling adventures, resorting first to full Islamic dress with niqab and gloves and thenthrowing it all off for the flowing hair and tight clothes of an emancipated young graduate student, in an ever more desperate and ultimately failed search for tenderness and affection.
Blue Aubergine tells the story of a young Egyptian woman, born in 1967, growing up in the wake of Egypt's defeat of that year, and maturing into womanhood against the social and political upheavals Egypt experienced during the final decades of the twentieth century.
About the Author
Miral al-Tahawy was born in 1968 in Sharqiya in the Egyptian Delta into a Bedouin family of the al-Hanadi tribe, the youngest of seven children. She earned her MA in Arabic language and literature from Cairo University in 1995. She has been described by the Washington Post as 'the first novelist to present Egyptian Bedouin life beyond stereotypes and to illustrate the crises of Bedouin women and their urge to break free.' Her first novel, The Tent, was widely acclaimed when it was first published in Arabic; it was published in English by the AUC Press in 2000.
Anthony Calderbank, who lived in Egypt for many years, has had a long interest in Arabic language and literature. He is the translator of Miral al-Tahawy's The Tent.
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