Tent

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The Tent is a 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 ...
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Overview

The Tent is a 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789774245428
  • Publisher: American University in Cairo Press, The
  • Publication date: 11/1/1998
  • Pages: 140
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 4.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Miral al-Tahawy was born in the Nile Delta province of El Sharqiyya, the daughter of a tribe known as al-Hanadi. Al-Tahawy has written several critically acclaimed works, including The Tent and Blue Aubergine (both published in English by the American University in Cairo Press). Her novels provide rare insight into the lives of Bedouin women in Egypt.
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