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Modern Arabic Short Stories: A Bilingual Reader [Kindle Edition]

Ronak Husni , Daniel L. Newman
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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The stories collected here are by leading authors of the short story form in the Middle East today. In addition to works by writers already wellknown in the West, such as Idwar al-Kharrat, Fu’ad al-Takarli and Nobel Prize winner Najib Mahfuz, the collection includes stories by key authors whose fame has hitherto been restricted to the Middle East. This bilingual reader is ideal for students of Arabic as well as lovers of literature who wish to broaden their appreciation of the work of Middle Eastern writers. The collection features stories in the original Arabic, accompanied by an English translation and a brief author biography, as well as a discussion of context and background. Each story is followed by a glossary and discussion of problematic language points. 'Recommended' CHOICE

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About the Author

Ronak Husni is a senior lecturer at Heriot-Watt University where she teaches Arabic language, literature and translation.Daniel L. Newman is Course Director of the MA in Arabic/English Translation at the University of Durham. He has also published An Imam in Paris (Saqi).

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but could be better 5 Feb. 2011
By Andrew
There aren't many parallel text Arabic-English books around, so if you are a serious student of Arabic this is probably a must buy.

However, it could be a lot better. For a start, I didn't like the stories very much. I found them all very dark and disturbing. A book with much nicer stories (but not in parallel text) is (...)

Secondly, I found the translations, although they gave the meaning very well, too far removed from the Arabic to help me learn the language. Neither were the translations in particularly eloquent English.

Lastly, there are no vowels in the Arabic, except in the notes. It would be much more useful for students if the unguessable vowels [e.g on from I verbs] were written in.

So, recommended, but expect to do a lot of dictionary work to get the most out of this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Practical problems 29 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I chose this rating because I wanted to write the review, but I can't really come down on one side or the other. The reason is purely practical. I am learning Arabic and when I saw "bilingual" reader I assumed it was a parallel reader, realising afterwards that flipping back and forth between successive pages could be a problem in the Kindle version. But worse, for my particular purpose as a relative beginner: the whole story is given first in English then in Arabic, so I am finding it practically impossible to read. I am very frustrated as the concept and the stories look so good!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth having 14 Dec. 2010
By f1087
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this to help me learn Arabic. I've found it very useful, the stories are not all exciting, but it is a good read and a great help to the student of the Arabic language, as well as giving an insight into Arabic culture.
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2.0 out of 5 stars illegible Arabic script in Kindle format 31 Aug. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was very disappointed at the quality of the Arabic text which has been so badly scanned that it is illegible. Increasing the size of the text does not improve the situation; it only emphasises the impossibility of distinguishing the Arabic letters. The Arabic should have been presented in the same typeset format as the English has been.
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