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  • Hardcover: 410 pages
  • Publisher: Library of Arabic Literature; abridged edition edition (23 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814729371
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814729373
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 769,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Leg Over Leg doesn't just have a rhyme scheme and archaic lexicon...it also has a style that's sometimes downright eccentric." Jessica Holland, The National "Leg over Leg can often feel like nothing else in Arabic Literature, and notably ahead of its time in its deconstruction of the very idea of a narrative and the relationship between writer and reader [...] Humphrey Davies's masterful translation makes accessible this unique and fascinating work, deserving of wider recognition and study [...] the translation adroitly and sympathetically captures the linguistic exuberance and literary inventiveness of the original." - Banipal

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Humphrey Davies is an award-winning translator of Arabic literature from the Ottoman period to the present. Writers he has translated include Yusuf al-Shirbini, Elias Khoury, Alaa Al Aswany, Bahaa Taher, Muhammad Mustagab, Gamal al-Ghitani, Hamdy el-Gazzar, Khaled Al-Berry, and Ahmed Alaidy. He lives in Cairo.

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A Masterpiece 11 Sep 2014
By Roberto Bolaño - Published on Amazon.com
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A masterpiece of modern Arabic literature, and probably the first postmodern novel ever written in Arabic and published in 1855, even before the novel itself was established as a literary genre in the Levant and Egypt, and a work believed to be utterly untranslatable, is now available in a masterful English translation, which is an absolute masterpiece by itself. What Humphrey Davies created, in this bilingual 4-volume set, is nothing but miraculous. To the best of my judgment, it is the best translation ever from Arabic literature, and it's bound to do to Al-Shidyaq's masterpiece what Galland's French translation did to the Book of Thousand and One Nights two hundred years ago - gradually consume the original and replace it as the standard reference for al-Shidyaq's fans. This system doesn't have enough starts to measure Davies's grand achievement.
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Great book! 2 Mar 2014
By D. Mason - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great book. I can't believe that I didn't know about the author until two months ago. From the very first page you can feel his power. The characters are more than real. I've vacationed in Istanbul so it's a double treat to read the book.
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