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- DescriptionRashid al-Daif's provocative vel Who's Afraid of Meryl Streep? takes an intimate look at the life of a recently married Lebanese man. Rashoud and his wife struggle as they work to negotiate t only their personal differences but also rapidly changing attitudes toward sex and marriage in Lebanese culture. As their fragile bond disintegrates, Rashoud finds television playing a more prominent role in his life; his wife uses the presence of a television at her parents' house as an excuse to spend time away from her new home. Rashoud purchases a television in the hopes of luring his wife back home, but in a pivotal scene, he instead finds himself alone watching Kramer vs. Kramer. Without the aid of subtitles, he struggles to make sense of the film, projecting his wife's behavior onto the character played by Meryl Streep, who captivates him but also frightens him in what he sees as an effort to take women's liberation too far. Who's Afraid of Meryl Streep? offers a glimpse at evolving attitudes toward virginity, premarital sex, and abortion in Leban and addresses more universal concerns such as the role of love and lust in marriage. The vel has found wide success in Arabic and several European languages and has also been dramatized in both Arabic and French.
- Author BiographyRashid al-Daif has written three volumes of poetry and more than a dozen novels, six of which have been translated into English and a number of other languages. Paula Haydar teaches Arabic at the University of Arkansas and has translated several novels from Arabic into English. Nadine Sinno is Assistant Professor of Arabic at Virginia Tech.
- Author(s)Rashid Al-Daif
- PublisherUniversity of Texas Press
- Date of Publication15/10/2014
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Series TitleCMES Modern Middle East Literatures in Translation Series
- Place of PublicationAustin, TX
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Texas Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight171 g
- Width3564 mm
- Height5499 mm
- Spine178 mm
- Translated byPaula Haydar,Nadine Sinno
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