In the House of Silence: Autobiographical Essays by Arab Women Writers

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To complement the novels in Garnet’s award-winning Arab Women Writers series, In the House of Silence is a collection of autobiographical writings by thirteen leading Arab women authors. Through these testimonies the women describe their experiences and expose the often-difficult conditions under which their narratives were woven.

Patterns emerge, which run throughout their testimonies – experiences of confinement, subjugation, the struggle for education and the eventual use of ...

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Overview

To complement the novels in Garnet’s award-winning Arab Women Writers series, In the House of Silence is a collection of autobiographical writings by thirteen leading Arab women authors. Through these testimonies the women describe their experiences and expose the often-difficult conditions under which their narratives were woven.

Patterns emerge, which run throughout their testimonies – experiences of confinement, subjugation, the struggle for education and the eventual use of writing as a way out. They speak of their own reasons for writing, of how experiences in family life, politics, exile and even imprisonment have affected them and their work, and of how their motivation has been both tested and reinforced by various setbacks and the struggle for recognition.

Startlingly honest, these testimonies will be essential reading for all those interested in women’s roles in Arab society and the ways that these roles are changing.

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‘Intriguing insights into the lives and thoughts of once “silent” Arab women...these new voices are imitating a new slant on life, on society and on ourselves.’
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859640234
  • Publisher: Garnet Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/28/2009
  • Edition description: 1 ENG ED
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Fadia Faqir was born in Jordan. Her first novel, Nisanit, was published by Penguin in 1988. Pillars of Salt, her second novel, was published in 1996 by Quartet. As Series Editor of Arab Women Writers she won the 1995 Women in Publishing New Venture Award.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
1 The story of a novel or reflections of details in the mirror: between awareness and madness 25
2 Writing as a way out 33
3 I write against my hand 41
4 Stories from the house of songs 49
5 Creatures of Arab fear 63
6 Writing and the notion of searching for female identity 73
7 Writing against time and history 79
8 Writing away the prison 91
9 The essence of language 105
10 Alone with pen and paper 111
11 Writing and the pursuit of female identity 119
12 I knew her when she wrote 131
13 Birth of a writer 141
Conclusion 159
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