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Under the Naked Sky: Short Stories from the Arab World

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Drawing on an intimate knowledge of modern Arabic writing, Denys Johnson-Davies brings together in this collection a colorful mosaic of life as lived and portrayed by Arabs from Morocco to Iraq. From a diverse area of the world with the common factor of a written language, these thirty stories tell of an old Moroccan peasant woman who kills snakes; an Iraqi soldier who ret ...more
Paperback, 243 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by American University in Cairo Press (first published 2001)
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Nada Khalil
May 12, 2013 rated it liked it
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Overall,I can't judge the book as a one unite because it is a collection of different short stories written by several witters from the Arab word,but the good thing is I was introduced to a plenty of good Arab witters that I did not have any idea about before..There were a lot of fantastic deep stories while there where a lot of incomprehensible stories...The book is a good introduction to the Arab short stories and the Arab writers.
Mykle
Jul 10, 2009 rated it liked it
This is no proper review. It doesn't make sense to give a review of a collection of stories by different authors. And I didn't even read all the stories.

I had an ulterior motive: I am trying to get in touch with an Arabic voice, in order to write stories about people in Arabia. There seems to be something strangely formal about all the Arabic I've seen translated into English, this book being no exception. I guess I'll never know how much of that is the nature of the translation and how much is
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Faye
Oct 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Stories are very interesting and worth reading, skip the 1st story as its quite bizarre.
Ghuneim
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
The short stories are mystical and emotional; I felt happy, sad, disappointed, and love through the pages of this book, and every page left me eager for more. The endings are usually open with so many possibilities to ponder over. Even though I am not a fan of translated books because lots of words lose its meaning in the process, I find that Denys had done a good job keeping the stories intact and meaningful, and curated an amazing collection of Arabic short stories and delivered them in a very ...more
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Denys Johnson-Davies (Arabic: دنيس جونسون ديڤيز) (1922-2017) was an eminent Arabic-to-English literary translator who has translated, inter alia, several works by Nobel Prize-winning Egyptian author Naguib Mahfouz, Sudanese author Tayeb Salih, Palestinian poet Mahmud Darwish and Syrian author Zakaria Tamer.

Davies, referred to as “the leading Arabic-English translator of our time” by the late Edwar
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