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Barakāt, Hudá
Harith al-miyah. English
Tiller of waters / Hoda Barakat ; translated by Marilyn Booth
Cairo ; New York : The American University in Cairo Press, 2005
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Location Call Number Status
 4th Floor  PJ7816.A672 H37 2005    AVAILABLE
Subject Beirut (Lebanon) -- Social conditions -- Fiction
Subject(s) Reminiscing -- Fiction
Hallucinations and illusions -- Fiction
Physical Description 176 p. ; 20 cm
Language In English translated from the Arabic
Summary "This spellbinding novel narrates the many-layered recollections of a hallucinating man in devastated Beirut. The desolate, almost surreal, urban landscape is enriched by the unfolding of the family sagas of Niqula Mitri and his beloved Shamsa, the Kurdish maid. Mitri reminisces about his Egyptian mother and his father who came back to settle in Beirut after a long stay in Egypt. Both Mitri and his father are textile merchants and see the world through the code of cloth, from the intimacy of linen, velvet, and silk to the most impersonal of synthetics. Shamsa in turn relates her story, the myriad adventures of her parents and grandparents who moved from Iraqi Kurdistan to Beirut. Haunting scenes of pastoral Kurds are juxtaposed against the sedentary decadence of metropolitan residents. Barakat weaves into her sophisticated narrative shreds of scientific discourse about herbal plants and textile crafts, customs and manners of Arabs, Armenians, and Kurds, mythological figures from ancient Greece, Mesopotamia, Phoenicia, and Arabia, the theosophy of the African Dogons and the medieval Byzantines, and historical accounts of the Crusades in the Holy Land and the silk route to China."--Publisher description
NOTE 532127
Series Modern Arabic writing
Alternate Author Booth, Marilyn

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