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Book Title: Granada|
The author of the book: Radwa Ashour
Date of issue: October 1st 2003
ISBN 13: 9780815607656
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 422 KB
Edition: Syracuse University Press
Read full description of the books Granada:Radwa 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 bookbinderhis wife, widowed daughter-in-law, her two children, and his two apprenticesas 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 granddaughtera 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.
Read information about the authorRadwa Ashour (Arabic: Ш±Ш¶Щ€Щ‰ Ш№Ш§ШґЩ€Ш±) was an Egyptian writer and scholar.
Ashour had published 7 novels, an autobiographical work, 2 collections of short stories and 5 criticism books. Part I of her Granada Trilogy won the Cairo International Book Fair вЂњ1994 Book of the Year Award.вЂќ The Trilogy won the First Prize of the First Arab Woman Book Fair (Cairo, Nov. 1995). The Granada Trilogy was translated into Spanish; part I of the Trilogy was translated into English. Siraaj, An Arab Tale was published in English translation, and Atyaaf was published in Italian. Her short stories have been translated into English, French, Italian, German and Spanish.
Ashour has co-edited a major 4-volume work on Arab women writers (2004); The English translation: Arab Women Writings: A Critical Reference Guide: 1873-1999 is an abridged edition of the Arabic original.
As a translator Ashour has co-translated, supervised and edited the Arabic translation of Vol. 9 of The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism.
In 2007 Ashour was awarded the 2007 Constantine Cavafy Prize for Literature.
She was married to the Palestinian author Mourid Bargouthi & a mother of Tameem who's also a poet.
Ashour was professor of English and Comparative Literature, Ain Shams University, Cairo
she died on 30 November 2014
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