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The tiller of waters / Hoda Barakat ; translated by Marilyn Booth.

By: Barakat, Hoda.
Contributor(s): Booth, Marilyn [translator.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Modern Arabic literature; Modern Arabic writing.Publisher: Cairo ; New York : The American University in Cairo Press, 2005Edition: 1st. ed.Description: v, 176 p. ; 20 cm.ISBN: 9789774248634 (pbk.); 9774248635 (pbk.).Uniform titles: Harith al-miyah. English Subject(s): | Beirut (Lebanon) -- Fiction | Arabic Literature Humanities, English Generalities March2017DDC classification: 892.736 Awards: Winner of the Naguib Mahfouz medal for literature.Summary: "This spellbinding novel narrates the many-layered recollections of a hallucinating man in devastated Beirut. The desolate, almost surreal, urban landscape is enriched by the unfolding of the family sagas of Niqula Mitri and his beloved Shamsa, the Kurdish maid. Mitri reminisces about his Egyptian mother and his father who came back to settle in Beirut after a long stay in Egypt. Both Mitri and his father are textile merchants and see the world through the code of cloth, from the intimacy of linen, velvet, and silk to the most impersonal of synthetics. Shamsa in turn relates her story, the myriad adventures of her parents and grandparents who moved from Iraqi Kurdistan to Beirut. Haunting scenes of pastoral Kurds are juxtaposed against the sedentary decadence of metropolitan residents. Barakat weaves into her sophisticated narrative shreds of scientific discourse about herbal plants and textile crafts, customs and manners of Arabs, Armenians, and Kurds, mythological figures from ancient Greece, Mesopotamia, Phoenicia, and Arabia, the theosophy of the African Dogons and the medieval Byzantines, and historical accounts of the Crusades in the Holy Land and the silk route to China."--Publisher description.
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892.736 AID Being Abbas El Abd / 892.736 ASH Specters / 892.736 BAD A Certain woman / 892.736 BAR The tiller of waters / 892.736 BAR The tiller of waters / 892.736 BEG The beggar / 892.736 GAZ Black Magic /

Reprint of the 2004 ed.

First published in Arabic in 1998.

First English translation 2001 by The American University in Cairo Press.

"This spellbinding novel narrates the many-layered recollections of a hallucinating man in devastated Beirut. The desolate, almost surreal, urban landscape is enriched by the unfolding of the family sagas of Niqula Mitri and his beloved Shamsa, the Kurdish maid. Mitri reminisces about his Egyptian mother and his father who came back to settle in Beirut after a long stay in Egypt. Both Mitri and his father are textile merchants and see the world through the code of cloth, from the intimacy of linen, velvet, and silk to the most impersonal of synthetics. Shamsa in turn relates her story, the myriad adventures of her parents and grandparents who moved from Iraqi Kurdistan to Beirut. Haunting scenes of pastoral Kurds are juxtaposed against the sedentary decadence of metropolitan residents. Barakat weaves into her sophisticated narrative shreds of scientific discourse about herbal plants and textile crafts, customs and manners of Arabs, Armenians, and Kurds, mythological figures from ancient Greece, Mesopotamia, Phoenicia, and Arabia, the theosophy of the African Dogons and the medieval Byzantines, and historical accounts of the Crusades in the Holy Land and the silk route to China."--Publisher description.

Donation from The American University in Cairo Press.

In English translated from the Arabic.

Winner of the Naguib Mahfouz medal for literature.

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