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The Tent (Modern Arabic Writing)

ISBN13: 9789774245428
ISBN: 9774245423
Binding: Paperback
List Price: $14.95
Publisher: American University in Cairo Press
Published Date:
Pages: 140
Average Goodreads rating: 3.40/5 (28 ratings)

The Tent is a beautifully written, powerful, and disturbing novel, featuring a host of women characters whose lives are subject to the will of a single, often absent, patriarch and his brutal, foul-mouthed mother. Told through the eyes of a young girl, the lives of the Bedouin and peasant women unfold, revealing the tragedy of the sonless mother and the intolerable heaviness of existence.
Set against trackless deserts and star-filled night skies, the story tells of the young girl's relationship with her distant father and a foreign woman who is well-meaning but ultimately motivated by self-interest. It provides an intimate glimpse inside the women's quarters, and chronicles their pastimes and preoccupations, their stories and their songs.