Book Size: 5.25" x 8"

Pages: 256

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781566568326

Imprint: Interlink Books

Edition: 1

Translator: Barbara Romaine

Release date: 01/09/10

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Specters

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Winner of the Cairo International Book Fair Prize

“A stimulating read… Pandora’s box-like it raises, explicitly and implicitly, the kinds of difficult questions that all writers at some point ask themselves: What does it mean to write? What is a novel? What is a life?” – Nur Elmessiri, Al Ahram Weekly

About this book

Specters tells the story of Radwa and Shagar, two women born the same day.

The narrative alternates between their childhoods, their work lives (one a professor of literature and the other of history), their married and unmarried lives, and their respective books. With her novel's structure, Ashour pays tribute to the Arab qareen (double or companion, and sometimes demon) and the ancient Egyptian ka (the spirit that is born with and accompanies an individual through life and beyond).

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About the author

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.

Reviews

“A stimulating read… Pandora’s box-like it raises, explicitly and implicitly, the kinds of difficult questions that all writers at some point ask themselves: What does it mean to write? What is a novel? What is a life?” – Nur Elmessiri, Al Ahram Weekly

Additional information

Author

Ashour, Radwa

Edition

1

Inprint

Interlink Books

Pages

256

Type

PB

Translator

Romaine , Barbara

Release date

01/09/10

Author Home

Egypt

Format

5.25" x 8"

Reviews

Winner of the Cairo International Book Fair Prize – "A stimulating read… Pandora's box-like it raises , explicitly and implicitly , the kinds of difficult questions that all writers at some point ask themselves: What does it mean to write? What is a novel? What is a life?" – Nur Elmessiri , Al Ahram Weekly

MainReview

Winner of the Cairo International Book Fair Prize – "A stimulating read… Pandora's box-like it raises, explicitly and implicitly, the kinds of difficult questions that all writers at some point ask themselves: What does it mean to write? What is a novel? What is a life?" – Nur Elmessiri, Al Ahram Weekly