Translating Libya: The Modern Libyan Short Story

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Part anthology and part travelogue, Translating Libya presents the country through the eyes of sixteen Libyan short story writers and one American diplomat. Intrigued by the apparent absence of 'place' in modern Libyan short fiction, Ethan Chorin resolved to track down and translate stories that specifically mention cities and landmarks in Libya. The stories trace the influence of the ancient Romans, the later Italian occupation and the current influx of foreign workers from Africa and further afield. The authors...

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Overview

Part anthology and part travelogue, Translating Libya presents the country through the eyes of sixteen Libyan short story writers and one American diplomat. Intrigued by the apparent absence of 'place' in modern Libyan short fiction, Ethan Chorin resolved to track down and translate stories that specifically mention cities and landmarks in Libya. The stories trace the influence of the ancient Romans, the later Italian occupation and the current influx of foreign workers from Africa and further afield. The authors open a window on today's Libya - a rapidly urbanizing country with rich oil reserves, recently renewed diplomatic relations with the West and a nascent tourist industry based on its well-preserved ancient cities. This is a unique introduction to a country that has for some time been 'off the beaten path'.

Ethan Chorin served from 2004-6 as the first US Commercial/Economic Attache stationed in Libya since 1980.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780863566479
  • Publisher: Saqi Books
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Series: SOAS Middle East Issues Series Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Ethan Chorin served from 2004-6 as the first US Commercial/Economic Attaché stationed in Libya since 1980. From 1998-2000 Chorin lived in Aden, Yemen, where he studied port competition in the Red Sea on a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship. In addition to Arabic, he speaks French and Hebrew.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Richard W. Murphy Murphy, Richard W. 7

Introduction 9

Acknowledgments 11

Pt. 1 Setting the Scene

Putting 'Libya' Back in Libyan Short Fiction 15

In Search of Stories 20

Pt. 2 The Stories

Stories from the East

Benghazi and Environs 33

The Good-Hearted Salt Seller Sadiq Nayhourn Nayhourn, Sadiq 38

Hotel Vienna Wahbi Bouri Bouri, Wahbi 46

The Zuay and the Rain Ramadan Abdalla Bukheit Bukheit, Ramadan Abdalla 54

My Friends When I Die Abdel Raziq Al-Mansuri Al-Mansuri, Abdel Raziq 59

The Yellow Rock Saleh Saad Younis Younis, Saleh Saad 62

The Spontaneous Journey Najwa Ben Shetwan Shetwan, Najwa Ben 69

The Mute Abdullah Ali Al-Gazal Al-Gazal, Abdullah Ali 76

Stories from the South

The Sultan's Flotilla Sadiq Nayhoum Nayhoum, Sadiq 95

The Locusts Ahmed Ibrahim Fagih Fagih, Ahmed Ibrahim 108

From Door to Door Maryam Salama Salama, Maryam 123

Mill Road Ahmed Mohammed Lannaizy Lannaizy, Ahmed Mohammed 132

Stories from the West

Tripoli and the Old City 141

Caesar's Return Meftah Genaw Genaw, Meftah 150

The Castle and the Water Ziad Ali Ali, Ziad 156

The Old Hotel or Miloud and Rubina's Story Kamel Maghur Maghur, Kamel 159

Tripoli Story Lamia El-Makki El-Makki, Lamia 177

Special Edition Ali Mustapha Misrati Misrati, Ali Mustapha 182

Pt. 3 Interpreting the Stories

On the Libyan Short Story 189

Three Generations of Economic Shock 194

Migration 189

Minorities 204

The Libyan Psyche 214

Libyan Women: Moving Backwards, Forwards, or Looking for a Third Way? 219

Author Biographies 227

Bibliography 233

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