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Blue Aubergine by Miral Al-Tahawy
Book DescriptionThis novel 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 20th century. Physically and emotionally scarred by her parents and the events of her childhood, and incapable of relating to men, Nada, "Blue Aubergine", fumbles through a series of dark and unsettling adventures, resorting first to full Islamic dress with "niqab" and gloves, and then throwing it all off for the flowing hair and tight clothes of the emancipated young graduate student, in an ever more desperate and ultimately failed search for tenderness and affection. A frank assessment of the damage society wreaks by foisting unwise claustrophobic values on its children, this text shifts unpredictably through time and space. A mixed crowd of aunts and teachers, classmates and fellow students, Marxists and Islamicists are there to people Blue Aubergine's bewildering journey to the knowledge that the maintenance of chastity and innocence and her na?ve determination to cling to the threads of silk and lace that bind her to her past bring only misery and isolation.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9789774247262
(230mm x 148mm x 16mm)
Imprint: The American University in Cairo Press
Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press
Publish Date: 30-Nov-2002
Country of Publication: Egypt
Books By Author Miral Al-Tahawy
Brooklyn Heights, Paperback (May 2013)
Revolves around the character of Hend, an Arabic teacher and would-be writer in her late thirties, who emigrates to the United States from Cairo with her eight year old son after the painful break-up of her marriage.
Gazelle Tracks, Paperback (June 2008)
Recounts the tale of Muhra, a young woman whose name means filly, born of the descendants of the Bedouin tribes who settled in Egypt's Delta Province of El Sharqiyya during the 18th and 19th centuries. This title describes Muhra's quest as she seeks to discover the truth about her mother through the old family photographs.
Blue Aubergine, Hardback (July 2006)
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Tent, Paperback (April 2006)» View all books by Miral Al-Tahawy
Features a host of women characters whose lives are subject to the will of a single, often absent, patriarch and his brutal, foul-mouthed mother.
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Author Biography - Miral Al-Tahawy
MIRAL AL-TAHAWY was born in 1968 and studied literature at Cairo University. 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 and Sonallah Ibrahim's Zaat (AUC Press, 2001).
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