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Granada by Radwa Ashour
Book DescriptionRadwa Ashour skillfully weaves a history of Granadan rule and an Arabic world into a novel that evokes cultural loss and the disappearance of a vanquished population. The novel follows the family of Abu Jaafar, the bookbinderdashhis wife, widowed daughter-in-law, her two children, and his two apprenticesdashas they witness Christopher Columbus and his entourage in a triumphant parade featuring exotic plants and animals and human captives from the New World. Embedded in the narrative is the preparation for the marriage of Saad, one of the apprentices, and Saleema, Abu Jaafar's granddaughterdasha scenario that is elegantly revealed in a number of parallel scenes. As the new rulers of Granada confiscate books and officials burn the collected volumes, Abu Jaafur quietly moves his rich library out of town. Persecuted Muslims fight to form an independent government, but increasing economic and cultural pressures on the Arabs of Spain and Christian rulers culminate in Christian conversions and Muslim uprisings. A tale that is both vigorous and heartbreaking, this novel will appeal to general readers of Spanish and Arabic literature as well as anyone interested in Christian-Muslim relations.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780815607656
(228mm x 150mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Syracuse University Press
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Publish Date: 30-Nov-2003
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Radwa Ashour
Woman from Tantoura, Paperback (May 2014)
A powerful human story, following the life of a young girl from her days in the village of al-Tantoura in Palestine to the mature observations of an adult woman.
Blue Lorries, Hardback (May 2014)
An intimate portrait of a young woman's passage from childhood to adulthood, tracing three generations of political activism in Egypt
Arab Women Writers, Hardback (January 2009)» View all books by Radwa Ashour
Offers a reference source and review of Arab women writers from the nineteenth century to the end of the twentieth. This book looks at the work of some women writers and then traces the development of Arab women's literature through the end of the twentieth century. It also includes a bibliography of writing by Arab women.
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