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A Reader of Modern Arabic Short Stories Hardcover – 4 Feb 1988

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Saqi Books (4 Feb. 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863561918
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863561917
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 14.4 x 2.2 cm

Product Description


'An excellent reader.' --"Journal of Semitic Studies "

About the Author

Sabry Hafez is a distinguished literary critic. He has taught Arabic at universities in Egypt, Britain, Sweden and the United States. He is currently Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature at Qatar University. His many works include The Quest for Identities, winner of the Choice Outstanding Awards, and The Genesis of Arabic Discourse (both Saqi). Catherine Cobham studied Arabic in Leeds and Manchester, and currently teaches Arabic at the University of St Andrews. She has translated the work of Naguib Mahfouz, Mahmoud Darwish, Nawal El Saadawi and Adonis amongst others. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Solid, not excellent 29 Jan. 2014
By An Mhuruch - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
A few words about the book itself:

There are 11 selections, somewhat graded in difficulty. The apparatus has been kept to a minimum, hence the reader must keep his Wehr at hand. The notes are helpful, but not copious; however, the contours of the stories are outlined before the text of the story is presented, assisting the less experienced reader. I recommend reading the summaries after the story, not before, since they give away crucial plot points.

I would grade this book 3 stars, since the glossaries are too rudimentary, but I decided to rate it at 4 stars, because it does not deserve such low rating based purely upon the Kindle version (of course, I am sympathetic with the complaints and glad I bought a paper copy instead).
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
poor execution in kindle. 1 April 2012
By Looking for same answer - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
the arabic text is handled as a picture; as such its size is not adjustable and is quite small. the real problem is that the text of the stories is so light as to be mostly illegible. this is cleverly hidden in the downloadable sample by the fact that only the introduction is included. in its current format, a ten dollar scam.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Not for Kindle 24 Nov. 2012
By easyhero - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I agree, this does not work in Kindle and should not be presented as a Kindle book. Kindle needs to address the lack of support for Arabic fonts.
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