Leg Over Leg: Volume 1 - The Turtle in the Tree: The Faariyaaq: What Manner of Creature Might He be (Library of Arabic Literature)

Leg Over Leg: Volume 1 - The Turtle in the Tree: The Faariyaaq: What Manner of Creature Might He be (Library of Arabic Literature)

By: Ahmad Faris Al-Shidyaq (author), Humphrey Davies (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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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. 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.


Foreword ixA Note on the Text xxxiThe Dedication of This Elegantly Eloquent Book 6Author's Notice 8An Introduction by the Publisher of This Book 16Proem 20Raising a Storm 36A Bruising Fall and a Protecting Shawl 64Various Amusing Anecdotes 72Troubles and a Tambour 84A Priest and a Pursie, Dragging Pockets and Dry Grazing 92Food and Feeding Frenzies 108A Donkey that Brayed, a Journey Made, a Hope Delayed 116Bodega, Brethren, and Board 124Unseemly Conversations and Crooked Contestations 134Angering Women Who Dart Sideways Looks, and Clawslike Hooks 148That Which Is Long and Broad 162A Dish and an Itch 174A Maqamah, or, a Maqamah on "Chapter 13" 190A Sacrament 202The Priest's Tale 212The Priest's Tale Continued 222Snow 244Bad Luck 254Emotion and Motion 282The Difference between Market-men and Bag-men 312Notes 321Glossary 351Index 355About the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute 366About the Typefaces 367About the Editor-Translator 368

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  • publication date: 23/08/2013
  • ISBN13: 9780814729373
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 416
  • ID: 9780814729373
  • weight: 703
  • ISBN10: 0814729371

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