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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904598536
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904598534
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 21 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,210,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Leila Aboulela won the first Caine Prize for African Writing. Her new novel Lyrics Alley is set in 1950s Sudan and is based on the life of her uncle the poet Hassan Awad Aboulela who wrote the lyrics for many popular Sudanese songs. Leila is the author of two other novels: The Translator, one of The New York Times 100 Notable Books of the Year, and Minaret- both long-listed for the Orange Prize. Her collection of short stories Coloured Lights was short-listed for the Macmillan Silver PEN Award. Leila's work has been translated into twelve languages and included in publications such as Granta, The Washington Post and the Virginia Quarterly Review. She grew up in Khartoum and now lives in Doha.
For more info visit www.leila-aboulela.com

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A moving, gentle, ironic, quietly angry and beautifully written. --Ben Okri on 'The Museum'

Aboulela shows the rich possibilities of living in the West with different, non-Western ways of knowing and thinking. --The Sunday Herald

Leila Aboulela's writing is always beautifully observed, her voice one of restrained lyricism: she is a writer of rare and original talent. --Duncan McLean

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This is a collection which will delight and enlighten. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By napata on 12 Dec. 2001
Format: Paperback
Leila Aboulela delivers and does not disappoint. Coloured Lights offers a revealing, endearing, candid and at times melancholically comical insight into the sensibilities of Sudanese people caught in between the home they long for and the contrasting country and culture in which they live. She also examines the emotional intricacies of young muslims of other nationalities who grew up in the UK in a remarkably genuine manner. The package is light, refreshingly different and contemplative. A must read for anyone interested in how people from other parts of the world think and more importantly, how they feel.
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Amazon.com: 2 reviews
Subtle and real 5 Dec. 2009
By Jenny Knight - Published on Amazon.com
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What a unique voice! Leila Aboulela is skilled at capturing real life: those tiny details that make her characters leap off the page and share their insights, struggles and memories. In her stories, there is no "east" and "west"... only people. This is a collection of short stories that I seriously didn't want to end. I also recommend "The Translator", a novel by the same author.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great book 31 Mar. 2006
By S. Siraaj - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This was not a "preachy" book. It was honest. It had REAL characters who are Muslim. These beautiful stories showed the human- sometimes complicated- every day experiences of its Muslim characters. Great job Ms. Aboulela!
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