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Hanan Al-Shaykh

Forfatter af Women of Sand and Myrrh

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Hanan al-Shaykh was born & raised in Lebanon. She is the author of three novels - "Women of Sand & Myrrh", "The Story of Zahra" & "Beirut Blues" - as well as a collection of short stories, "I Sweep the Sun off Rooftops". She currently lives in London with her husband & two children. (Bowker Author vis mere Biography) vis mindre

Værker af Hanan Al-Shaykh

Women of Sand and Myrrh (1992) 524 eksemplarer
The Story of Zahra (1986) 244 eksemplarer
Only in London (2001) 206 eksemplarer
Beirut Blues (1992) 173 eksemplarer
I Sweep the Sun Off Rooftops (1994) 143 eksemplarer
The Occasional Virgin (2018) 41 eksemplarer
Le cimetière des rêves (2000) 10 eksemplarer
La maison de Schéhérazade (2014) 2 eksemplarer
Im Bann der High-Tech-Harems (1992) 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

Granta 77: What We Think of America (2002) — Bidragyder — 218 eksemplarer
Minding the Body: Women Writers on Body and Soul (1994) — Bidragyder — 213 eksemplarer
The Penguin Book of International Women's Stories (1996) — Bidragyder — 114 eksemplarer
A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer (2007) — Bidragyder — 104 eksemplarer
The Anchor Book of Modern Arabic Fiction (2006) — Bidragyder — 102 eksemplarer
Opening the Gates: A Century of Arab Feminist Writing (1990) — Bidragyder — 99 eksemplarer
Beirut 39: New Writing from the Arab World (2010) — Preface — 93 eksemplarer
The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write (2017) — Bidragyder — 74 eksemplarer
Without a Guide: Contemporary Women's Travel Adventures (1994) — Bidragyder — 61 eksemplarer
Under the Naked Sky: Short Stories from the Arab World (2000) — Bidragyder — 27 eksemplarer
I Am Heathcliff: Stories Inspired by Wuthering Heights (2018) — Bidragyder — 25 eksemplarer
Coming of Age Around the World: A Multicultural Anthology (2007) — Bidragyder — 24 eksemplarer
Arabic Short Stories (1983) — Bidragyder — 22 eksemplarer
We Wrote in Symbols: Love and Lust by Arab Women Writers (2021) — Bidragyder — 16 eksemplarer
Leave to Stay: Stories of Exile and Belonging (1996) — Bidragyder — 4 eksemplarer
Banipal 64: A Rebel Named Hanan Al-Shaykh (2019) — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar
Road Stories: New Writing Inspired by Exhibition Road (2012) — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar

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Inquietante novela que retrata el encuentro de cuatro mujeres, de orígenes sociales diferentes y muy distintos bagajes culturales, en uin país árabre, del que no nos desvelan el nombre. Suha huye de la guerra del Líbano; Tamr lucha por el derecho a la educación; Suzanne es un ama de casa americana en busca de aventura; y Nur usa su deshinibida exualidad para manipular a otros.
 
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Natt90 | 10 andre anmeldelser | Mar 20, 2023 |
A very readable selection and arrangement of stories from Alf layla wa layla which after the standard introduction brings together both characters of and storytellers of the tales in the home of sisters who have had all sorts of misfortunes at the hands of husbands but who remain in the prime of life. The chosen stories are almost all centered more around lovers and spouses rather than powerful magic and stirring adventure.
 
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quondame | 8 andre anmeldelser | Dec 15, 2022 |
Shahrayer’s wife betrayed him by taking part in massive orgies. She was seen by Shahrayer’s brother Shahaman who duly reported it. In an act of retribution, Shahrayer not only executed his wife but vowed to take a new untouched virgin each night, deflower her and execute her at dawn.

Until, of course, Shahrazad volunteered to become one of the doomed virgins. She mesmerized the king with her storytelling who agreed to let her finish her story before she was executed.

Stories within stories within stories. It’s a bit like the Noel Harrison song Windmills of your Mind: “like a circle in a spiral, like a wheel within a wheel - Never ending or beginning on an ever spinning reel”.

Author Hannan Al-Shayk chose to beautifully retell nineteen of these stories. According to Wikipedia she chose to leave the stories continuing while the traditional ending is that after one thousand and one nights the stories end, and Shahrazad presented Shahrayer with the three children she had borne during the telling of the tales.

A few quotes:

Foreward by Mary Gaitskill:”The action of the stories in One Thousand and One Nights is dark and full of cruelty – especially toward women who are constantly being accused of adultery and then murdered or beat up. But the animating spirit here is light and full of play, especially on the part of the female characters, who are consistently resourceful and witty”. P.x

Author’s Preface : “I heard that a girl in my class had Alf Layl wa layl, (One Thousand and One Nights) and I hurried with her to peer at a few volumes in a glass cabinet, next to a carved tusk of an elephant. The volumes were leather- bound, their titles engraved in gold. I asked my friend if I might touch one, but she said that her father always locked the cabinet and kept the key in his pocket, because he said he feared that if anyone finished the stories they would drop dead. Of course I didn’t know then, and neither did my friend, that the reason her father didn’t want any of the women of the house to read Alf Layla wa Layla was because of its explicit sexuality.” Pxvii

“I felt as if I had opened the door of a carriage which took me back into the heart of my Arab heritage, and to classical Arab language, after a great absence. I was astonished at how our forebears had shaped our societies, showing us how to live our daily lives, through these tales which were filled with insights and moral and social rules and laws, without the influence of religion, but derived from first hand experience and deepest natural feelings towards every living thing. The effect of Alf Layl wa layl was so strong and real that Arab societies shaped themselves around it; the names of its characters were embedded in our language, becoming proverbs, adjectives and eve modes of speech. I was in awe of the complex society the stories evoked, which allowed relationships between humans and jinnis and beasts, real and imaginary.” P xviii
… (mere)
 
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streamsong | 8 andre anmeldelser | Nov 22, 2022 |

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