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- DescriptionYusuf Idris (1927-91), who belonged to the same generation of pioneering Egyptian writers as Naguib Mahfouz and Tawfiq al-Hakim, is widely celebrated as the father of the Arabic short story, just as Mahfouz is considered the father of the Arabic vel. Idris studied medicine and practised as a doctor, but even as a student his interests were in politics and the support of the nationalist struggle, and in writing - and his writing, whether in his regular newspaper columns or in his fiction, often reflected his political convictions. He was minated for the Nobel prize for literature more than once, and when the prize went to Naguib Mahfouz in 1988, Idris felt that he had been passed over because of his outspoken views on Israel. In all, Yusuf Idris wrote some twelve collections of superbly crafted short stories, mainly about ordinary, poor people, many of which have been translated into English and are included in this collection of the best of his work. But although he is best kwn for his short stories, he also wrote nine plays and a number of vels and vellas, the best of which are also sampled here.
- Author BiographyDenys Johnson-Davies has produced more than thirty volumes of translation of modern Arabic literature, including The Essential Tawfiq al-Hakim (AUC Press, 2008). He received the Sheikh Zayed Book Award in 2007 for Personality of the Year in the Field of Culture.
- Author(s)Yusuf Idris
- PublisherThe American University in Cairo Press
- Date of Publication30/06/2009
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationCairo
- Country of PublicationEgypt
- ImprintThe American University in Cairo Press
- Weight656 g
- Width157 mm
- Height236 mm
- Spine23 mm
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