Leg over Leg: 4-volume set (Library of Arabic Literature)

Leg over Leg: 4-volume set (Library of Arabic Literature)

By: Humphrey Davies (editor_and_translator), Ahmad Faris Al-Shidyaq (editor_and_translator)Hardback

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Leg over Leg recounts the life, from birth to middle age, of `the Fariyaq,' alter ego of Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq, a pivotal figure in the intellectual and literary history of the modern Arab world. The always edifying and often hilarious adventures of the Fariyaq, as he moves from his native Lebanon to Egypt, Malta, Tunis, England and France, provide the author with grist for wide-ranging discussions of the intellectual and social issues of his time, including the ignorance and corruption of the Lebanese religious and secular establishments, freedom of conscience, women's rights, sexual relationships between men and women, the manners and customs of Europeans and Middle Easterners, and the differences between contemporary European and Arabic literatures. Al-Shidyaq also celebrates the genius and beauty of the classical Arabic language. Akin to Sterne and Rabelais in his satirical outlook and technical inventiveness, al-Shidyaq produced in Leg Over Leg a work that is unique and unclassifiable. It was initially widely condemned for its attacks on authority, its religious skepticism, and its "obscenity," and later editions were often abridged. This is the first English translation of the work and reproduces the original Arabic text, published under the author's supervision in 1855.

About Author

Humphrey Davies is an award-winning translator of some twenty works of modern Arabic literature, among them Alaa Al-Aswany's The Yacoubian Building, four novels by Elias Khoury, including Gate of the Sun, and Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq's Leg over Leg. He has also made a critical edition, translation, and lexicon of the Ottoman-period Hazz al-quhuf bi-sharh qasid Abi Shaduf (Brains Confounded by the Ode of Abu Shaduf Expounded) by Yusuf al-Shirbini and compiled with a colleague an anthology entitled Al-`ammiyyah al-misriyyah al-maktubah: mukhtarat min 1400 ila 2009 (Egyptian Colloquial Writing: selections from 1400 to 2009). He read Arabic at the University of Cambridge, received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, and, previous to undertaking his first translation in 2003, worked for social development and research organizations in Egypt, Tunisia, Palestine, and Sudan. He is affiliated with the American University in Cairo, where he lives. Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq (1805 or 1806-1887) was a foundational figure in modern Arabic literature. Born to a prominent Maronite family in Lebanon, al-Shidyaq was a pioneering publisher, poet, essayist, lexicographer and translator. Known as "the father of Arabic journalism," al-Shidyaq played a major role in reviving and modernizing the Arabic language.


Table of ContentsChapter 1: Raising a Storm 36Chapter 2: A Bruising Fall and a Protecting Shawl 64Chapter 3: Various Amusing Anecdotes 72Chapter 4: Troubles and a Tambour 84Chapter 5: A Priest and a Pursie, Dragging Pockets and Dry Grazing 92Chapter 6: Food and Feeding Frenzies 108Chapter 7: A Donkey that Brayed, a Journey Made, a Hope Delayed 116Chapter 8: Bodega, Brethren, and Board 124Chapter 9: Unseemly Conversations and Crooked Contestations 134Chapter 10: Angering Women Who Dart Sideways Looks, and Clawslike Hooks 148Chapter 11: That Which Is Long and Broad 162Chapter 12: A Dish and an Itch 174Chapter 13: A Maqamah, or, a Maqamah on "Chapter 13" 190Chapter 14: A Sacrament 202Chapter 15: The Priest's Tale 212Chapter 16: The Priest's Tale Continued 222Chapter 17: Snow 244Chapter 18: Bad Luck 254

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781479897544
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 1920
  • ID: 9781479897544
  • ISBN10: 147989754X

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