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Naphtalene A Novel Of Baghdad
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    Category Type
    Science Fiction & Fantasy
    Publisher
    AUC Press
    Item EAN
    2724308271136
    People
    Author
    Alia Mamdouh. Translated by Peter Theroux
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    Description:

    • A novel of Baghdad from the prize-winning Iraqi author
    • Seen through the eyes of a nine-year old girl, Huda, this novel beautifully captures the atmosphere of Baghdad in the 1940s. A city of public steam baths, of roadside butchers, of spinning tops, and childhood games played in the streets,
    • A novel of Baghdad from the prize-winning Iraqi author
    • Seen through the eyes of a nine-year old girl, Huda, this novel beautifully captures the atmosphere of Baghdad in the 1940s. A city of public steam baths, of roadside butchers, of spinning tops, and childhood games played in the streets, streets where political demonstrations are beginning to take place.
    • With real perception, the complex web of family relationships is illustrated by the tension between the fiery and feisty nature of Huda and her powerlessness as a child. Huda’s father, a prison guard and a bully, hides his weakness beneath apparent strength. He drives his desperately ill wife from the family home, replacing her with his pregnant second wife. But Huda has two allies: her devoted and beloved brother Adil and her grandmother, who is the real power in the family.
    • With strikingly inventive use of language, Alia Mamdouh plays out relationships of apparent strength and actual love in a novel that charms and beguiles, even while it kicks and fights its way to its shocking conclusion.
    • “This novel is a song to the ordinary folk of Baghdad, to the places reserved in memory, for the childhood and adolescence of an Iraqi woman . . . a song which evokes sadness and happiness at once.”—Latifa al-Zayyat, Nour Quarterly
    • Alia Mamdouh was born in Baghdad in 1944. She graduated in 1971 from al-Mustansiriya University and has been chief editor of al-Rasid magazine and al-Fikr al-mu‘asir. Her first novel was published in 1973 and was followed by a collection of short stories. Her most recent novel The Loved Ones was awarded the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature in 2004.
    • Peter Theroux has translated a number of Arabic novels including Children of the Alley by Naguib Mahfouz (AUC Press 2001).
 

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