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The Story of Zahra by Hanan Al-Shaykh

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Published by Salem House Publishers .
Written in English


  • African,
  • Arabic (Language) Contemporary Fiction,
  • Literature - Classics / Criticism,
  • Fiction

Book details:

The Physical Object
Number of Pages192
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL9803751M
ISBN 100704325462
ISBN 109780704325463

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  Hanan al-Shaykh, an award-winning journalist, novelist, and playwright, is the author of the short story collection I Sweep the Sun off Rooftops; the novels The Story of Zahra, Women of Sand and Myrrh, Beirut Blues, and Only in London; and a memoir about her mother, The Locust and the Bird/5(4). The story this time—reflecting the author's feminist sympathies, as well as her preoccupation with the contemporary Arab world—concerns Lebanese Zahra, who as a child had been used as cover for her mother's liaisons with another man. Zahra is a misfit mistreated by her mother, who brings her along to secret meetings with a lover, and by her father, a harsh disciplinarian who reacts angrily to her habit of picking at her pimpled. Back in Beirut, love finally comes to her, but with terrible consequences. Banned in several Middle Eastern countries since its original publication, The Story of Zahra is an intoxicating, provocative story of a young woman’s coming of age in a city torn apart by war.

  Book Overview Zahra's mother uses her as a cover for her meetings with a lover; Zahra's strict father mistreats her for being complicit in her mother's affair. Fleeing from Beirut in search of solace, Zahra stays with her uncle in West Africa--and then uses marriage as another kind of escape.5/5(5). (PDF) [Hanan_Al-Shaykh]_The_Story_of_Zahra().pdf The Story of Zahra by Hanan al-Shaykh Hanan al-Shaykh, one of the best-known Arab writers in the English-speaking world, was born in Beirut, Lebanon, in Growing up in Ras al-Naba, a conservat. (\_/) ..) (>book Has a mental breakdown Witnessed her mother cheat on her father many times as a child Mental illness Heavily influenced by the Lebanese civil war.

  Zahra – she suffers a series of mental breaks in the different phases of her life; Dr. Shawky – the dr. at the beginning that Zahra’s mother uses as a cover to meet with her lover; Fatme – Zahra’s mother, who Zahra loves, but feels deeply betrayed by. Those feelings of betrayal turn to bitterness. With more t copies in print of Women Of Sand And Myrrh, and more t copies of The Story Of Zahra, Hanan al-Shaykh is the best known and most admired woman writer of the Arab /5(2).   Book Review: The Story of Zahra by Hanan Al-Shaykh The Story of Zahra is Hanan Al-Shaykh 's novel about the life of a young woman dealing with her madness in war-torn Lebanon. She is sent to visit a relative in Africa as a rest cure but after electro-shock therapy she is worse than ever and returns to Beirut in the peak of the fighting. Shihada: The Story of Zahra 1 78 Such a masculine mentality continues to manifest itself later in the book, in Ahmad’s addiction to hashish, masturbation, and goods stripped from the bodies of the dead. Zahra recounts how her own face and her inner psyche become scarred as a result of her.