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Modern Arabic Literature in Translation

A Companion

By (author) Salih J. Altoma
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Saqi Books, London, United Kingdom
Published: 5th May 2005
Dimensions: w 165mm h 240mm d 15mm
Weight: 446g
ISBN-10: 0863565972
ISBN-13: 9780863565977
Barcode No: 9780863565977
This indispensable guide to modern Arabic literature in English translation features not only a comprehensive bibliography but also chapters on fiction, drama, poetry, and autobiography, as well as a special chapter on Iraq's Arabic literature. Through focussing on Najib Mahfuz, one of Arabic Literature's luminaries, and on poetry - a major, if not the major genre of the region - Altoma assesses the progress made towards a wider reception of Arabic writing throughout the Anglophone world. Modern Arabic Literature in Translation is an invaluable tool for research and teaching - in the West, certainly, but also in the Arab world where the translation of Arabic literature into other languages has been of considerable concern for more than a century.

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'Truly an answer to the prayers of those who aspire to teach about, or simply follow, the Arabic-literature-in-translation scene as it has developed over the past century.' Jordan Times '[a] guide for the student, the researcher, the reader, the librarian and the potential translator. Altoma's book is valuable ...' Banipal 'A valuable reference work ... an impressive testament to the vitality of a varied and creative literature that deserves to be better known in the West.' TLS '[An] indispensable guide to modern Arabic literature in English translation.'