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Brooklyn Heights By Assistant Professor of Arabic Miral Al-Tahawy

Brooklyn Heights by Assistant Professor of Arabic Miral Al-Tahawy

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Brooklyn Heights: An Egyptian Novel by Assistant Professor of Arabic Miral Al-Tahawy

Hind, newly arrived in New York with her eight-year-old son, several suitcases of unfinished manuscripts, and hardly any English, finds a room in a Brooklyn teeming with people like her who dream of becoming writers. As she discovers the various corners of her new home, they conjure up parallel memories from her childhood and her small Bedouin village in the Nile Delta: Emilia who sells used shoes at the flea market smells like Zeinab, the old woman who worked for Hind's grandfather; the reflection of her own body as she dances tango awakens the awkwardness of her relationship to that body across the years; the story of Lilette, the Egyptian bourgeoise who has lost her memory, prompts Hind to safeguard her own. Through this kaleidoscopic spectrum of disadvantaged characters we encounter unique but familiar life histories in this award-winning and intensely moving novel of displacement and exile. It was the winner of the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature, and was shortlisted for the 2011 Arabic Booker prize.

Brooklyn Heights Reviews


"Al-Tahawy's narrative highlights the fissures between east and west, exploring cultural, religious and sexual differences. Hend, with her superstitious fatalism and borderline hysteria, is an awkward and often unattractive character, but her fears, dissatisfactions and vulnerabilities have an uncomfortable ring of truth."--The Guardian


"Brooklyn Heights is memorable, not only for giving voice to marginal, oppressed, sometimes silent female characters but for evoking a vanishing world of those forced to leave their homeland. It is filled with the 'winds of longing' and distinctive scents."--Al-Ahram Weekly


"A powerful and realistic portrayal of emigration and the process of adapting to a new place."--The UBS Review of Books


"A novel to be embraced."--Mmegi Online




"Al-Tahawy's narrative highlights the fissures between east and west, exploring cultural, religious and sexual differences. Hend, with her superstitious fatalism and borderline hysteria, is an awkward and often unattractive character, but her fears, dissatisfactions and vulnerabilities have an uncomfortable ring of truth."--The Guardian


"Brooklyn Heights is memorable, not only for giving voice to marginal, oppressed, sometimes silent female characters but for evoking a vanishing world of those forced to leave their homeland. It is filled with the 'winds of longing' and distinctive scents."--Al-Ahram Weekly


"A powerful and realistic portrayal of emigration and the process of adapting to a new place."--The UBS Review of Books


"A novel to be embraced."--Mmegi Online


About Assistant Professor of Arabic Miral Al-Tahawy

Miral al-Tahawy is the author of The Tent (AUC Press, 1998) and Blue Aubergine (AUC Press, 2002). She is professor of Arabic at the School of International Letters and Cultures, Arizona State University. Samah Selim is the translator of Memories of a Meltdown: An Egyptian between Moscow and Chernobyl by Mohamed Makhzangi (AUC Press, 2006). She won the 2009 Saif Gobash-Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation for her translation of The Collar and the Bracelet (AUC Press, 2008).

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GOR011055226
9789774166594
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Brooklyn Heights: An Egyptian Novel by Assistant Professor of Arabic Miral Al-Tahawy
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Paperback
The American University in Cairo Press
2014-04-30
192
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