Leg Over Leg (Library of Arabic Literature)

Leg Over Leg (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.

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Humphrey Davies is an award-winning translator of Arabic literature from the Ottoman period to the present. Writers he has translated include Elias Khoury, Naguib Mahfouz, Alaa Al Aswany, Bahaa Taher, Mourid Barghouti, Muhammad Mustagab, Gamal al-Ghitani, Hamdy el-Gazzar, Khaled Al-Berry, and Ahmed Alaidy, as well as Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq and Yusuf al-Shirbini for the Library of Arabic Literature. He has also authored, with Madiha Doss, an anthology of writings in Egyptian colloquial Arabic. He lives in Cairo. 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 Contents Chapter 1: Raising a Storm 36 Chapter 2: A Bruising Fall and a Protecting Shawl 64 Chapter 3: Various Amusing Anecdotes 72 Chapter 4: Troubles and a Tambour 84 Chapter 5: A Priest and a Pursie, Dragging Pockets and Dry Grazing 92 Chapter 6: Food and Feeding Frenzies 108 Chapter 7: A Donkey that Brayed, a Journey Made, a Hope Delayed 116 Chapter 8: Bodega, Brethren, and Board 124 Chapter 9: Unseemly Conversations and Crooked Contestations 134 Chapter 10: Angering Women Who Dart Sideways Looks, and Claws like Hooks 148 Chapter 11: That Which Is Long and Broad 162 Chapter 12: A Dish and an Itch 174 Chapter 13: A Maqamah, or, a Maqamah on "Chapter 13" 190 Chapter 14: A Sacrament 202 Chapter 15: The Priest's Tale 212 Chapter 16: The Priest's Tale Continued 222 Chapter 17: Snow 244 Chapter 18: Bad Luck 254

Product Details

  • publication date: 06/06/2014
  • ISBN13: 9781479897544
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 1920
  • ID: 9781479897544
  • weight: 3379
  • ISBN10: 147989754X

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