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Nights of Musk

ISBN13: 9789774162169
ISBN: 9774162161
Binding: Paperback
List Price: $14.95
Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press
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Pages: 136
Average Goodreads rating: 3.65/5 (1 ratings)

Haggag Oddoul's work, as well as documenting the personal tragedy of individuals caught up in massive social transformation, also casts a nostalgic light on the heritage and way of life of the Nubians: their rhythmic dancing, their beautiful women, the lively humor of their elders, and the enormous centrality of their traditions and the spirits with which they shared the environment. Two stories in this collection, "Zeinab Uburty" and "Nights of Musk," offer a bucolic and dream-like insight into the world that has disappeared forever under the water behind the dam. Meanwhile, two other stories, "Adila, Grandmother" and "The River People," document the departure of the men, while the women are left behind to go fallow, and the second and third generations born in the cities of the north have only their grandmother's tales and her pigeon Arabic to remind them of their heritage.