Titolo: Nights of Musk: Stories from Old Nubia
Casa editrice: The American University in Cairo Press
Data di pubblicazione: 2009
Legatura: Soft cover
Condizione libro: Used
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Riassunto: Haggag Oddoul?s work, as well as documenting the personal tragedy of individuals caught up in massive social transformation, also casts a nostalgic light on the heritage and way of life of the Nubians: their rhythmic dancing, their beautiful women, the lively humor of their elders, and the enormous centrality of their traditions and the spirits with which they shared the environment. Two stories in this collection, ?Zeinab Uburty? and ?Nights of Musk,? offer a bucolic and dream-like insight into the world that has disappeared forever under the water behind the dam. Meanwhile, two other stories, ?Adila, Grandmother? and ?The River People,? document the departure of the men, while the women are left behind to go fallow, and the second and third generations born in the cities of the north have only their grandmother?s tales and her pigeon Arabic to remind them of their heritage.
HAGGAG HASSAN ODDOUL was born to parents who had left their native village in the Nubian region of southern Egypt. He was a construction worker on the Aswan High Dam, then served in the Egyptian armed forces during the War of Attrition and the October 1973 War. He began writing at the age of forty, and has written short stories, novels, and plays. Nights of Musk was awarded the State Prize for Short Stories in 1990.
Anthony Calderbank has translated several works of modern Arabic fiction, including Haggag Hassan Oddoul?s Nights of Musk (AUC Press, 2005) and Yousef al-Mohaimeed?s Wolves of the Crescent Moon (AUC Press, 2007). He lives and works in Saudi Arabia.
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