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"The Tent" 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. Told through the eyes of a young girl, the lives of the Bedouin and peasant women unfold, revealing the tragedy of the sonless mother, the young girl's relationship with her distant father, and a foreign woman who is well-meaning but ultimately motivated by self-interest.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9789774245428
ISBN-10: 9774245423
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 122mm x 10mm)
Pages: 130
Imprint: The American University in Cairo Press
Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press
Publish Date: 15-Apr-2006
Country of Publication: Egypt

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Author Biography - Miral Al-Tahawy

Miral al-Tahawy was born in 1968 and studied literature at Cairo University. The Tent, her first novel, was widely acclaimed when it was first published in Arabic in 1996 as al-Khibaa'. She has also written a collection of short stories and a second novel, al-Badhingana al-zarqa. Anthony Calderbank has lived in Egypt for many years and has had a long interest in Arabic language and literature. He currently teaches English at the American University in Cairo.

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