Book Size: 5.25" x 8

Pages: 168

Format: Hardback & Paperback

ISBN: 9781566561464 HB
ISBN: 9781566561402 PB

Imprint: Interlink Books

Edition: 1

Translator: May Jayyusi & Christopher Tingley

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The Hostage

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Paperback $ 15.00 | Hardback $ 24.95

“The cultural anachronism that was the Imamate of Yemen is artfully captured in The Hostage … At times reminiscent of Abdelrahman Munif’s “Cities of Salt” trilogy… Dammaj’s work vibrantly portrays a real Yemen that is still unknown to many Westerners, even as it is once again torn by revolution. Recommended…”- Library Journal

About this book

Selected by the Arab Writers Union as one the 100 Best Arabic Novels of the Twentieth Century.

Set in the pre-revolution Yemen of the Imams, this novel depicts the experiences of a young boy who, having been taken hostage, in line with the Imam's general practice, as a pledge for his father's political obedience, is sent to serve as a young male attendant in the palace of the city governor.

The growth of the boy's awareness, political, social and personal, is movingly portrayed against a background of bygone times whose decadence and injustice are presented with vivid satiric force.

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About the author

Zayd Mutee’ Dammaj is Yemen’s foremost fiction writer. He has published several collections of short stories. This novel is the first English translation of his work.

Reviews

“The cultural anachronism that was the Imamate of Yemen is artfully captured in The Hostage … At times reminiscent of Abdelrahman Munif’s “Cities of Salt” trilogy… Dammaj’s work vibrantly portrays a real Yemen that is still unknown to many Westerners, even as it is once again torn by revolution. Recommended…”- Library Journal

Additional information

Author

Dammaj, Zayd Mutee'

Edition

1

Inprint

Interlink Books

Pages

168

Author Home

Yemen

Format

5"å_"åx 8

Reviews

"The cultural anachronism that was the Imamate of Yemen is artfully captured in The Hostage … At times reminiscent of Abdelrahman Munif's "Cities of Salt" trilogy… Dammaj's work vibrantly portrays a real Yemen that is still unknown to many Westerners , even as it is once again torn by revolution. Recommended…"- Library Journal

MainReview

"The cultural anachronism that was the Imamate of Yemen is artfully captured in The Hostage … At times reminiscent of Abdelrahman Munif's "Cities of Salt" trilogy… Dammaj's work vibrantly portrays a real Yemen that is still unknown to many Westerners, even as it is once again torn by revolution. Recommended…"- Library Journal

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Paperback, Hardback