In Plain Arabic

In Plain Arabic


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In Plain Arabic by Linin Ramli, Lenin Al-Ramly, Al-Ramly

A Palestinian student in London disappears. His colleagues, fourteen Arab students each representing a different nationality, meet to decide what to do.
The portrayal of their stereotypical national characteristics and attitudes throws a sharp light on the way Arabs see themselves and each other, and their posturing, squabbling, double standards, and inability to act together in the face of a common dilemma call into question the whole idea of "Arab unity."
In Egypt, the play was voted Best Play of the Year and it won the Kuwait-based Soad Sabbah Award for Youth Creativity. The International Herald Tribune called it "a milestone in the Arab world"; The Christian Science Monitor hailed it as "a cultural landmark"; Time described it as "remarkable for its biting satire and rarely tolerated self-criticism"; and The Washington Post found it an "honest, though painful, portrait of modern Arab society."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789774243424
Publisher: American University in Cairo Press, The
Publication date: 11/28/1994
Series: Modern Arabic Writing Series
Pages: 114
Product dimensions: 6.08(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

Lenin El-Ramly began his writing career in 1967 with television dramas and went on to write a number of popular television serials and cinema screenplays, including the highly controversial _al-Irhabi_ (The terrorist), released in 1994. Twenty-four of his plays have been performed in the theaters of Cairo.

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