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Africa World Press, 1992. 211 pp. Trade paperback. Second printing, 1996. Maps. Photos. Fine. Bright, tight and clean; no names, marks or spine creasing. ISBN: 0865432813 The ... City of the Dead is a vast cemetery close to the center of Cairo which has become a permanent home for thousands of migrants from the countryside. For many of the women, though still living in poverty, migration has brought a taste of freedom, as the exclusively female gatherings which form the setting for this book clearly show. The author has spent long periods inside this environment, where autobiographical and fictional story-telling is a routine pastime. Read more Show Less

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  • ISBN-13: 9780865432819
  • Publisher: Africa World Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1992
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 194
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introductory
The City of the Dead 3
The Local Social World 3
The Women's Social World 5
The Women and the Tales 12
The Storytelling Circle 12
The Women 16
Life Histories and Tales
Amira: a childless woman 27
The Worth of a Pot 36
Oum Idris: a determined woman 45
The Most Precious Possessions 53
The Princess and the Pearl Merchant 64
Oum Mohammed: a triumphant woman 74
The Wise Old Cat 86
Laila: a rebellious woman 96
Oum Ali: a pessimistic woman 106
The Foolish Beetle 115
Oum Karim: a hopeful woman 126
The Hidden Treasure 136
The Young Sultan's Quest 146
Oum Sherif: a hopeless woman 159
The Seventh Chance 169
Oum Mustafa: a manless woman 183
The Singing Bird 191
A final tale: The Honey Bee 204
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