The Tent

Miral al-Tahawy
Translated byAnthony Calderbank

The Tent is a beautifully written, powerful, and disturbing novel, featuring a host of women characters whose lives are subject to the will of a singl

English edition
1 November 1998
140 pp.
12.5X20cm
ISBN 9789774245428
For sale worldwide

$14.95

The Tent is a beautifully written, powerful, and disturbing novel, featuring a host of women characters whose lives are subject to the will of a single, often absent, patriarch and his brutal, foul-mouthed mother. Told through the eyes of a young girl, the lives of the Bedouin and peasant women unfold, revealing the tragedy of the sonless mother and the intolerable heaviness of existence. Set against trackless deserts and star-filled night skies, the story tells of the young girl’s relationship with her distant father and a foreign woman who is well-meaning but ultimately motivated by self-interest. It provides an intimate glimpse inside the women’s quarters, and chronicles their pastimes and preoccupations, their stories and their songs.

Miral al-Tahawy

Miral al-Tahawy has been described by the Washington Post as “the first novelist to present Egyptian Bedouin life beyond stereotypes and to illustrate the crises of Bedouin women and their urge to break free.” She is the author of The Tent (AUC Press, 2000) and Blue Aubergine (AUC Press, 2002). Anthony Calderbank has translated several works of modern Arabic fiction, most recently Yousef al-Mohaimeed’s Wolves of the Crescent Moon (AUC Press, 2007).
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