Book Size: 6" x 9"

Pages: 224

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781623719975

Imprint: Olive Branch Press

Edition: 1

Illustrations: b&w photos

Translator: Michelle Hartman

Release date: Spring/Summer 2018

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The Journey

Memoirs of an Egyptian Woman Student in America

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About this book

This translation is an homage to a great literary figure and to those movements which carry on her legacy in her work.

Never neutral and deeply engaged in politics, literature, people's struggles, and what she calls the "most urgent causes of our times," a young Radwa Ashour charts her years as a student in the US of the 1970s, where she would become the first PhD student to graduate from the newly founded W.E.B Du Bois department of Afro-American Studies and the English Department of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1975. A political progressive and leftist writer, critic, and activist, her memoir reflects not only on her own journey and struggles but those of the people she met and engaged with in the United States, especially African Americans.

The Journey narrates the years which Ashour spent in the US and captures so vividly the spirit and ethos of the time it chronicles- the early 1970s. Anti-colonial movements, a commitment to popular struggles and people's liberation, as well as linking scholarship and work on the ground, are all alive and real in her memoir.

First published in Arabic over thirty years ago and written about a period (1973- 1975) a decade before, the text is still vibrant and relevant today. Just emerging from the devastation of the Six Day War in 1967, Ashour talks about the pain of what we call the "sixties generation" in the Arab world and intermeshes the pressing questions and issues of the time within a quotidian story, as well as the life of an Egyptian woman within a deeply divided US society at war both with itself and abroad.

Radwa Ashour's work- through the unique lens of this incisively observant visitor- reminds us of what the issues and debates in the US of this period were like and how deeply connected they are to struggles today such as Black Lives Matter and Ferguson-Palestine.

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About the authors

Radwa Ashour (1946-2014) was a celebrated Egyptian feminist, activist, scholar, novelist, and professor of literature, whose work is considered part of the so-called Sixties generation. At the time of her premature death in the winter 2014, she had just published a memoir of her final years, including her engagement in the 2011 Egyptian revolution, Heavier than Radwa.

Ashour penned numerous works of fiction, with important historical, cultural, and political resonance and meaning. Among her most acclaimed works are her Granada Trilogy, Specters, and the Woman from Tantoura.

Ashour’s sharp political critiques, commitment to social justice, advocacy of equality for women, and untiring support for the liberation of Palestine are matched by a dedication to speaking for marginalized communities, particularly African Americans. She won many prizes and honors in her distinguished career, including the Cairo International Book Fair’s Book of the Year award in 1994 for the first volume of the Granada Trilogy.

Michelle Hartman holds a Ph.D. in Arabic literature from Oxford and currently teaches at Hofstra University in New York. While at the University of Damascus on a Fulbright, she met co-translator Maher Barakat., an attorney now living in Canada.

About the Author

Michelle Hartman holds a Ph.D. in Arabic literature from Oxford and currently teaches at Hofstra University in New York. While at the University of Damascus on a Fulbright, she met co-translator Maher Barakat., an attorney now living in Canada.

Additional information

Author

Ashour , Radwa

Edition

1

Inprint

Olive Branch Press

Pages

224

Type

PB

Illustrations

b&w photos

Translator

Hartman , Michelle

Release date

Spring/Summer 2018

Author Home

Egypt

Subtitle

Memoirs of an Egyptian Woman Student in America

Format

6" x 9"

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