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by Hanan al-Shaykh

  • ISBN: 0385472064
  • Category: Politics and Government
  • Subcategory: Politics
  • Author: Hanan al-Shaykh
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Anchor; 1st Anchor Books pbk. ed edition (December 15, 1996)
  • Pages: 215
  • ePub book: 1223 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1278 kb
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  • Rating: 4.4
  • Votes: 787

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From a major novelist of the Arab world comes a bold, witty and highly contemporary novel about two women looking for love, set in Italy, Lebanon and London.

The novelist Hanan al-Shaykh, author most . The Story of Zahra : It is Lebanon, my childhood, my youth, my pain and my departure out into the world

The novelist Hanan al-Shaykh, author most recently of The Occasional Virgin, avoids reading books longer than 800 pages unless they are written by my friends. What novel about the Arab world do you especially recommend to Western readers, and what nonfiction book? I don’t think there exists such a novel about the Arab world as a whole - each Arab country has its own novel. The Story of Zahra : It is Lebanon, my childhood, my youth, my pain and my departure out into the world. Is there a book you wish you could write but feel you can’t or never will? Yes: In the Footsteps of Ibn Battutah.

The Story of Zahra book. The paperback publication of "Zahra" will bring this passionate and courageous novel to a much larger group of readers. Its haunting story of a young Lebanese woman who attempts to stem the violence in Beirut by initiating a sexual liaison with a sniper has "lifted the corner of a dark curtain" ( "Sunday Telegraph" ) from a world that fascinates us al. "The Story Of Zahra" is a classic by any standards. - "Village Voice Literary Supplement.

Category: Literary Fiction Women’s Fiction Military Fiction. Hanan al-Shaykh, an award-winning journalist, novelist, and playwright, is the author of the short-story collections I Sweep the Sun Off Rooftops and One Thousand and One Nights; the novels The Story of Zahra, Women of Sand and Myrrh, Beirut Blues. ore about Hanan al-Shaykh.

Hanan al-Shaykh (Arabic: حنان الشيخ‎; born November 12, 1945, Beirut) is an acclaimed Lebanese author of contemporary literature. Hanan al-Shaykh's family background is that of a strict Shi'a family. Her father and brother exerted strict social control over her during her childhood and adolescence. She attended the Almillah primary school for Muslim girls where she received a traditional education for Muslim girls, before continuing her education at the Ahliah school.

The Story of Zahra Paperback – 15 December 1996. by Hanan Al-Shaykh (Author). The paperback publication of "Zahra will bring this passionate and courageous novel to a much larger group of readers. Its haunting story of a young Lebanese woman who attempts to stem the violence in Beirut by initiating a sexual liaison with a sniper has "lifted the corner of a dark curtain" ("Sunday Telegraph ) from a world that fascinates us all. See all Product description.

Hanan al-Shaykh, an award-winning journalist, novelist, and playwright, is the author of the short story collection I Sweep the Sun off Rooftops; the novels One Thousand and One Nights, The Story of Zahra, Women of Sand and Myrrh, Beirut Blues, and Only in London; and a memoir about.

Hanan al-Shaykh, an award-winning journalist, novelist, and playwright, is the author of the short story collection I Sweep the Sun off Rooftops; the novels One Thousand and One Nights, The Story of Zahra, Women of Sand and Myrrh, Beirut Blues, and Only in London; and a memoir about her mother, The Locust and the Bird.

The paperback publication of "Zahra" will bring this passionate and courageous novel to a much larger group of readers. Its haunting story of a young Lebanese woman who attempts to stem the violence in Beirut by initiating a sexual liaison with a sniper has "lifted the corner of a dark curtain" ( "Sunday Telegraph" ) from a world that fascinates us all. " "The Story Of Zahra" is a classic by any standards. This rich tale mesmerizes with its frank sexuality and scenes of war-torn Beirut.

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Zahra’s mother uses her as a cover for her meetings with a lover; Zahra’s strict father mistreats her for being complicit in her mother’s affair. Fleeing from Beirut in search of solace, Zahra stays with her uncle in West Africa—and then uses marriage as another kind of escape. Back in Beirut, love finally comes to her, but with terrible consequences. Banned in several Middle Eastern countries since its original publication, The Story of Zahra is an intoxicating, provocative story of a young woman’s coming of age in a city torn apart by war.

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Hidden Winter Hidden Winter
This book is the story of a young woman, Zahra, negotiating life in Beirut before and during the Lebanese Civil war. She experiences domestic abuse and a dubious affair with a man at her job. After two abortions she leaves Lebanon to live with her uncle in Africa and gets married to another Lebanese expatriate. Zahra and her husband divorce and she moves back home to Beirut to recover from psychotic episodes and the electric current therapy she receives as treatment. When she returns to Beirut, the civil war is in full swing and Zahra experiences both the personal danger and the social freedom given to her by the war. Al-Shayk also addresses the struggle for Lebanese men in their society and in war, showing that patriarchy and oppression in societies affect everyone. Unfortunately, as is the case with Zahra, these men react to these problems by hurting the women around them.

The book is not all dismal, though, Zahra finds empowerment in her life and learns ways to negotiate the world around her. This book is beautifully written, interweaving timelines, and multiple narrative voices, and complex symbolism. Reading this book was an incredibly fulfilling experience for me because of how richly Al-Shayk weaves her narrative.

Al-Shayk effectively explores the ways in which women and their bodies have to negotiate patriarchal societies and war. Zahra's story shows the reader the ways that people's needs and expectations, as individuals as well as nations, affect the psyches of women and young people. Al-Shayk shows just how burdensome other people's desire for connection and identity can be. The symbolism she uses creates a rhythm throughout the novel which pushes her reader onward.

This book is an important look into the hearts of people before and during war time. It makes the reader think hard about what we do and how we hurt others in our struggle for wholeness (whether we try to find it in love, family, revolution, education, or war). If you are looking for a history of the Lebanese civil war or life before the war, this is not it.

Zahra is the story of one young girl, who could be many young girls, but one girl nonetheless. Much of why Zahra turns out the way she does is because other people have projected so much onto her. People expect her to be perfect for her family, for her country, for her religion, for the men who want her. She becomes so ingrained in the identities they give her that the Zahra underneath crumbles into despair and madness.

This book gives voice to a person previously silenced. Al-Shayk gives Zahra and girls like her the power to reveal and explore who they are in the context of the world around them instead of being engulfed by the world.
Faezahn Faezahn
Deep, sensitiv and breathtaking. Eminent fiktion writer bring so close to the reader touching every nerve.
September September
This book really holds my interest!
Frosha Frosha
I think my issues of following along in this book stem from the fact that it was translated from another language and it reads as such and seemed to jump around in time without clear delineations. Also, it seemed to have lacked character development. After reading interviews with the author, I can better appreciate now that Zahra's actions demonstrated her free-thinking and bravery for a woman in this setting dealing with probable mental-health issues that we all experience on top of everything else
Castiel Castiel
One of the best books I've read in the past few years. I couldn't put it down. Captivating story, beautifully written.
Anazan Anazan
terrible
Akisame Akisame
Seriously depressing book. Disturbing. If you are into reading about psychologically damaged people and the choices they make to keep them within that damage, this book might be a five star book for you. Simply was not my cup of tea.
Very disturbing especially that it is not a true story, yet full of disgusting and sick themes. It gives wrong and misleading impression about real life in Lebanon and the Middle East. Totally awful!