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New Voices of Arabia - the Short Stories

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The formation of Saudi Arabia in 1932, with the unification of the two Kingdoms of the Hejaz and Nejd, not only unified parts of the Arabian peninsula which had until then remained disparate, loosely related ethnic and tribal groupings, but also led to the development of a distinct Saudi Arabian literature. In an era when Arab culture was challenging the traditional literary norms in which, for centuries, poetry had been dominant, the new Arab cultural space permitted aspirational writers in the new Saudi country to experiment and develop their skills with prose. The result was a flowering of short-story writing through the twentieth century. Ranging from the classical to the modern and highly experimental, this anthology brings together 40 short story writers representing different traditions and sensibilities. Whether exploring social reform or describing the alienation of the individual in a rapidly changing environment, replete with constraints and contradictions, the clash of traditions and modernity remains a constant theme recurring in most stories. This highly unusual book thus presents a remarkably illuminating insight into the complex and enigmatic setting which is Saudi Arabia today.
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Abdulaziz Al-Sebail obtained his PhD from Indiana University in 1991. He taught Modern Arabic Literature at King Saud University and was editor-in-chief of Al-Rawi and Nawafidh magazines, the main focus of which is prose literature and translation. He has authored many critical studies on Arabic literature, participated in the translation of many books, and contributed to The Cambridge History of Arabic Literature. His most recent book is Arabism of Today: Cultural Perspectives. Anthony Calderbank studied Arabic and Persian at the University of Manchester and has taught both English and Arabic in the UK and the Middle East - at the American University in Cairo and at the University of Salford. Since 2008, he has lived in Riyadh, where he is now Deputy Director of the British Council in Saudi Arabia. His translations include novels by Naguib Mahfouz, Miral al-Tahawy, Yousef Al-Mohaimeed and Sonallah Ibrahim.

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