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BeschreibungIn a small town in the Nile Delta, where two wars and sweeping political change have dramatically altered the economic, social, and power structures of the small community, lives Houda the deaf and mute butcher's apprentice. His voicelessness is compensated for by two all-seeing eyes that pierce the most intimate and secret details of the lives of the town dwellers, his marginal status affording him unparalleled freedom of circulation, observation, and subversion. Revealing thetown's private stories through public sign language, he articulates the unspoken and the forbidden, to unsettle the apparent quietude of rural society. But Houda's own unrestrained desire and his uninhibited sexual exploits scandalize the town and rock its codes of public behavior.When it is reported that he has violated the sanctity of his employer's own house by pinching the breast of the butcher's beautiful wife, the whole town, with the butcher and Shaykh Saadoun, the pretending Sufi, in the lead, rises to avenge itself and publicly humiliate and ridicule Houda. The elaborate ruse planned by the butcher and the shaykh, playing on Houda' s hopes, dreams, and fantasies, is foolproof he is certainly no fool.This original satiric novel, introducing the reader to every public and private corner in the life of a small town, is both a daring critique of contemporary Egyptian reality and a thoroughly good read, a remarkable novel of sustained carnivalesque suspense and wicked black humor that marks the arrival of a true literary talent.
PortraitYusuf Abu Rayya, born in Hihya in the Nile Delta in 1955, is the author of six short story collections, five novels, and seven books for children. He has been on the governing board of the Egyptian branch of PEN International since 1995. R. Neil Hewison is the translator of City of Love and Ashes by Yusuf Idris (AUC Press, 1998), and the author of The Fayoum: History and Guide (AUC Press, 3rd ed. 2001).
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: AMER UNIV IN CAIRO PR
Erscheinungsdatum: Januar 2007
Seitenanzahl: 138 Seiten
Übersetzer/Sprecher: Übersetzt von R. Neil Hewison