On The Weave Of The Sun

On The Weave Of The Sun

by Abdallah Altaiyeb


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This exhilarating treasure chest of short stories brings readers breathtaking imagery and heart-stopping drama. Seen through the eyes of intimate consciousness and rare perspective, On the Weave of the Sun is a treat that infinitely deepens the meaning of emotion and experience.

All the stories are contemporary, but take place in different times, places and cities of the Arabic world.

This rich collection transports you to the heat and dust of the desert, to the seething passions underneath, as its profound wording flows from every page. The music and rhythm of each story is very distinctive, yet the words come together to make a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Its stories are distinctive shards of light that capture unique moments and will resonate with readers everywhere, leaving them wanting more.

"With themes of love and loss, of fear and recrimination, the inner pain and turmoil in the wake of conflict and violence, I was left pining for the lives of the characters who lived within these pages." - Johnathan Lewis, award-winning British author

Abdallah Altaiyeb is a Saudi author and translator. He believes that "Arabic fiction is unique and very interesting, but not much translated to English, a language that the entire world uses to share and enjoy literature." He is working on his next projects.

Publisher's website: http://sbpra.com/AbdallahAltaiyeb

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612047102
Publisher: Strategic Book Group, LLC
Publication date: 03/12/2012
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.34(d)

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
'On The Weave Of The Sun' expands our mind's horizons on the very idea of an Arabic society. A collection of short stories, brilliantly crafted by each author. The beauty of this collection of short stories is that each story kickstarts from a random time frame, leaving you deeply immersed in the mindset of each and every character. The mad man who lost the love of his life, the wife who gets locked out from her own house, the girl who transports herself through her dreams and the father who tries to empower his daughter through education. This itself presents us with an Ovidius style of literature, a text which educates its readers about the topics presented therein. Recently there has been an online discussion concerning the question, whether Arabic literature should be translated into foreign languages, especially foreign European languages such as English. Contention was raised on the point that such translations have failed to express the true nature of the Arab world's literary output and such translators have failed to bring a global audience. AbdallahAltaiyeb's 'On The Weave Of The Sun' is very much interesting andknowledgeable. It leaves the reader with a craving for Arabic literature and an in-depth understanding of this style of writing. Hats off to Mr. AbdallahAltaiyeb for translating and compiling these stories, presenting readers everywhere an opportunity to get a taste of Arabic literary inventions.  Thank you, Sir.  Rohan Mathews Koshy Student of Class XII ST. Thomas Central School, Trivandrum, Kerala, SouthIndia
DavyB More than 1 year ago
I guess that like a lot of avid readers from the ‘Western’ world, sourcing and committing to reading contemporary Arabic literature had never been on my radar. My earliest exposure to Arabic literature was reading stories about magical flying carpets, treasure caves, deserts and magical lamps, as a child starting secondary school. Ali Baba and The 40 Thieves, Aladdin and his lamp and Sinbad the Sailor, became well known to me through my reading and watching films, cartoons and pantomines based on these stories. However, this did not stimulate me to take any further interest in Arabic literature for several decades until I was introduced to and read ‘On the Weave of the Sun’. I have to admit that I was not convinced that I would enjoy reading this book and had reservations about whether the stories would have any real relevance or meaning to someone with a Western background. Happily, these illogical fears proved to be ill founded and I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the book. ‘On the Weave of the Sun’ is an anthology of short stories by Arabic writers, skilfully translated and interpreted into English. The eighteen stories are set in different times and places in the Arabic world but are all contemporary. The stories focus on human emotions, relationships and real life dramas set in a Middle Eastern culture. They address various challenges that face us all as we go through life – unhealthy relationships with family members, marriage issues, death, illness and disability, loneliness, despair etc, as well as dealing with happier life experiences, such as reconciliation and unquenchable loving relationships. The wording used by the writers to describe the emotions of the characters in the stories is both insightful and powerful. In particular, I found some of the metaphorical language and imagery used in the stories both unique and rich. In my opinion, the most powerful and thought provoking stories in the book are those which deal with the tragic loss of a loved one – a son who is involved in a traffic accident in front of his father and a widow grieving for her husband. However, each story in the anthology plays with your emotions and feelings as a reader and leaves you wanting to read more works from the authors. I can highly recommend this book, both for readers well versed in contemporary Arabic literature, and for those, like myself, who are discovering this literature for the first time. Reading this anthology has provided me with a fantastic introduction to some very talented and distinctive Middle Eastern writers. As an additional spin-off from reading this book, I have also gained valuable insight and an improved understanding of the lives, hopes, fears and aspirations of Arabic people and their unique cultures and traditions. In our era of globalisation, memorable story telling such as that found in ‘On the Weave of the Sun’, can help us to understand the diverse cultural and traditional drivers and influences on people throughout the world.
Wcayman More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading “On the Weave of the Sun.” It is a unique and delightful collection of real-life (short) stories providing a real glimpse into the intimate thoughts, emotions, experiences and customs of the people from the Middle East; it left me intellectually richer.
MoFarsi More than 1 year ago
I must commend Abdallah Altaiyeb for writing such a phenomenal book. On the Weave of the Sun is everything I hoped for. It was such an engrossing read, thanks to Altaiyeb's well written plot, vivid and relaistic characters. It is so easy to lose track of time while reading this book, because the stories just flow through the pages so fluidly. I absolutely would give this book a two-thumbs up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I greatly enjoyed reading On the Weave of the Sun. It's a brilliant collection of contemporary Arabic fiction beautifully translated into the English language. I found it particularly fun to ready because it masterfully blends clever humor and sarcasm with solemn and sometimes shocking drama. Highly recommended.