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Selim, Samah

Works: 13 works in 69 publications in 2 languages and 3,122 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Biography 
Roles: Translator, Author, Editor, Opponent
Classifications: PJ7864.A3568, 892.737
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Samah Selim
Most widely held works by Samah Selim
Brooklyn Heights by Mīrāl Ṭaḥāwī( Book )

6 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 175 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hend, newly arrived in New York with her eight-year-old son, several suitcases of unfinished manuscripts, and hardly any English, finds a room in a Brooklyn teeming with people like her who dream of becoming writers. As she discovers the various corners of her new home, they conjure up parallel memories from her childhood and her small Bedouin village in the Nile Delta
The novel and the rural imaginary in Egypt, 1880-1985 by Samah Selim( Book )

14 editions published between 2004 and 2010 in English and held by 156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book places the field of modern Arabic literature studies in the context of contemporary debates in the humanities about the relationship between narrative, history and ideology. In this sense, it addresses pressing issues raised by literary theory, literary history and postcolonial studies, and grounds these broader discussions in a study of a particular narrative genre - the novel - as it has been constructed and produced over a century in a local/global context. The book locates questions of languages, genre, textuality and canonicity within a historical and theoretical framework that foregrounds the emergence of modern nationalism in Egypt. The ways in which the cultural discourses produced by twentieth-century Egyptian nationalism created a space for both a hegemonic and counter-hegemonic politics of language, class and place that inscribed bifurcated narrative and social geography are examined. The book argues that the rupture between the village and the city contained in the Egyptian nationalism discourse is reproduced as a narrative dislocation that has continued to characterize and shape the Egyptian novel in general and the village novel in particular. Reading the village novel in Egypt as a dynamic intertext that constructs modernity in a local historical and political context, rather than rehearsing a simple repetition of dominant European literary-critical paradigms, this book offers a new approach to the construction of modern Arabic literary history, as well as to theoretical questions related to the structure and role of the novel as a worldly narrative genre."--Jacket
The collar and the bracelet by Yaḥyá al-Ṭāhir ʻAbd Allāh( Book )

9 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Set in the ancient Upper Egyptian village of Karnak against the backdrop of the British campaigns in Sudan, the Second World War, and the war in Palestine, The Collar and the Bracelet is the saga of the Bishari family - a family ripped apart by the violence of history, the dark conduits of human desire, and the rigid social conventions of village life. In a series of narrative circles and repetitions, the novella traces the grim intrigues of Hazina al-Bishari and the inexorable destinies of her son, the exile and notorious bandit Mustafa; her daughter Fahima, tortured by guilt and secret passion; and the tragic doom of her beautiful granddaughter Nabawiya." "Yahya Taher Abdullah's prose distills the rhythmic lyricism of the folk story and weaves it into a uniquely modernist narrative tapestry of love and revenge that captures the timeless pharaonic landscapes of Upper Egypt and the blind struggles of its inhabitants against poverty, exploitation, and time - themes that are echoed and amplified in the short stories included in this volume, which span the breadth of Abdullah's tragically short career as one of Egypt's most brilliant writers of modern fiction."--Jacket
Tree of pearls, queen of Egypt by Jirjī Zaydān( Book )

9 editions published in 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shajar al-Durr, known as Tree of Pearls, was one of the most famous Arab queens and the only woman in the medieval Arab world to rule in her own name. Her narrative is one element of a much larger story of the unsettled political climate of thirteenth-century Egypt. In this eponymous novel, Zaydan charts the fall of the Ayyubid Dynasty and the rise of the Mamluke Dynasty through the adventures of Tree of Pearls and Rukn al-Din Baybars, a young Mamluke commander who eventually triumphs as the ruler of Egypt. War, political intrigue, murder, and a female ruler who was born a slave combine for an irresistible story, while Zaydan's keen observations on royal politics and subverted gender roles offer readers a richly detailed glimpse of the cultural milieu of the time. Tree of Pearls, originally published in 1914, is the last in a famous series of historical novels written by Zaydan, an accomplished historian whose books continue to be read widely in the Arab world today. Selim s fluid translation introduces an English audience to one of the Arab world s influential writers
Neighborhood and boulevard : reading through the modern Arab city by Khālid Ziyādah( Book )

7 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The third volume in the groundbreaking new series "Theory in the World", Neighborhood and Boulevard combines memoir, history, anthropology, and theory to offer an innovative reflection on the materiality of culture. Through its style and content, the text challenges the Orientalist bifurcation between tradition and modernity in the Arab world, revealing instead tradition's own dynamism and its coexistence alongside modernity. -- Book Description
Nation and translation in the Middle East : special issue( Book )

11 editions published between 2009 and 2017 in English and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Memories of a meltdown : an Egyptian between Moscow and Chernobyl by Muḥammad Makhzanjī( Book )

3 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the spring of 1986, Mohamed Makhzangi was living in Kiev, an Egyptian doctor studying in the Ukraine. As a result, he-like thousands of others-found himself living a nuclear nightmare when the Chernobyl plant had a catastrophic meltdown. Despite numerous fail-safe protections, human error sent massive quantities of deadly radiation into the serene spring of the Soviet sky. In superbly crafted prose, Memories of a Meltdown describes the days that followed from Makhzangi's dual perspective, as both an outsider and a victim. Described by the author as an 'anti-memoir, ' this assemblage of impressions in the aftermath of the meltdown offers a searing account of factual events distilled through the filter of literature. Blending the realism of journalism with the emotional resonance of fiction, Makhzangi conveys the quiet but steadily mounting atmosphere of fear and panic, the dubious reliability of official statements, and an overall loss of the sense of safety, of anything ever being right with the world again. From the balding colleague who is concerned only about whether his hair will fall out, to a grandfather, fetching his young grandson a drink, who believes that there is less contamination in hot tap water than cool, Makhzangi portrays people unwilling or unable to believe in the magnitude of the disaster unfolding around them. In the finest tradition of literary reportage, Makhzangi masterfully conveys here the loneliness of exile, the urgency of a great tragedy, and the intimacy of personal experience."--Publisher description
The divided subject : narrative enactments of the Nation in the Egyptian village novel by Samah Selim( )

3 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Écrire à Alexandrie (1879-1940) : Capital social, appartenances, mémoire by Elena Chiti( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in French and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This dissertation is a cultural-history study of the building up of categories of belonging. The spatio-temporal context is the city of Alexandria between the late 19th century and the first third of the 20th. Being a field of confrontation between several cultural and political horizons (ottoman, Arab, European), Alexandria is a privileged field to study the notions of foreigner, Egyptian, ottoman, local, national, cosmopolitan as shifting categories, built-up by actors. In the aim of treating imagery as a historical object, these categories are investigated through a set of literary texts (in Arabic, French, Italian, English) produced by the actors of Alexandrian cultural life. By studying their trajectories, the sociability that emerges (or not) in Alexandrian literary milieus and the criteria on which literary reputations are built up, we can link the individual scale to a societal dimension. In conclusion, to extend the perspective, this dissertation proposes a socio-historical analysis of the survival or disappearance of these literary reputations beyond the space and time firstly considered. Analyzing the milieus in which an author reputation built up in the age of empires survives, or not, through the age of Nation-states, or from the colonial epoch to the age of decolonization, is offering an approach to the field of memory which is not based on nostalgic or ideological positions
Memories of a meltdown : an Egytian between Moscow and Chernobyl by Mohamed Makhzangi( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The writer and the text in the Arab world( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Translating in the Arab world( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Nation and translation in the Middle East( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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Brooklyn Heights
Alternative Names
Salīm, Samāḥ

Samah Selim Arabic–English translator and scholar

Samah Selim universitaire et traductrice égyptienne

Samah Selim vertaalster uit Egypte

Silīm, Samāḥ

English (66)

French (2)

The novel and the rural imaginary in Egypt, 1880-1985The collar and the braceletNeighborhood and boulevard : reading through the modern Arab cityMemories of a meltdown : an Egyptian between Moscow and ChernobylMemories of a meltdown : an Egytian between Moscow and Chernobyl