Book Size: 5.25" x 8"

Pages: 160

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781566566698

Imprint: Interlink Books

Edition: 1

Translator: Roger Allen




$ 12.95

“One of the most important novelists writing in Arabic…” -The Guardian

About this book

"Drought. Drought again! When drought seasons come, things begin to change. Life and objects change. Humans change too, and no more so than in their moods!"

It is not long before the reader of Endings discovers that this drought is not just an occasional but an enduring condition faced by a community on the edge of the desert, the village of al-Tiba. Nowhere do we discover exactly where this village is on the map of the Arab world and al-Tiba thus becomes a symbol for all villages facing nature unaided by modern technology. We hear of Abu Zaku, the village carpenter; of the Mukhtar; and above all of 'Assaf and his dog; and of the creatures that share the life of the community. But it is the people of al-Tiba as a group who discuss and argue about their past, present, and future, and the forces of change. The portrayal of the desert environment and its customs is as vivid as the hunting of animals and the sandstorm that led to 'Assaf's death. A series of stories accompanies the wake that follows -stories that borrow from the pre-Islamic tradition of expressing a particular vision through descriptions of animals.

Endings is striking not only for its setting and style of narrative, but for being a vivid commentary on the emergence of the modern city and its urban middle class.


About the author

Abdel al-Rahman Munif wrote fifteen novels, including the monumental quintet Cities of Salt, and won numerous distinguished Arab awards. He died in 2004.

Roger Allen is Professor of Arabic Language and Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author and editor of numerous books relating to Arabic literature and the translator of Nobel Prize-winning author Naguib Mahfouz’s God’s World, Al-Summan Wa-Al-Kharif and Al-Maraya, among other works.


“One of the most important novelists writing in Arabic…” -The Guardian

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Munif, Abdel Rahman




Interlink Books






Allen , Roger

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Saudi Arabia


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"One of the most important novelists writing in Arabic…" -The Guardian


"One of the most important novelists writing in Arabic…" -The Guardian