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The wedding of Zein : and other stories

Author: al-Ṭayyib Ṣāliḥ; Denys Johnson-Davies
Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, ©2009.
Series: New York Review Books classics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Wedding of Zein unfolds in the same village on the upper Nile where Tayeb Salih's tragic masterpiece Season of Migration to the North is set. Here, however, the story that emerges through the overlapping, sometimes contradictory voices of the villagers is comic. Zein is the village idiot, and everyone in the village is dumbfounded when the news goes around that he will be getting married -- Zein the freak, Zein  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Short stories
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: al-Ṭayyib Ṣāliḥ; Denys Johnson-Davies
ISBN: 9781590173428 1590173422
OCLC Number: 368020816
Language Note: Translated from Arabic.
Description: xv, 120 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Contents: Introduction ---
The doum tree of Wad Hamid ---
A handful of dates ---
The wedding of Zein.
Series Title: New York Review Books classics.
Other Titles: ʻUrs al-Zayn wa-sabʻ qiṣaṣ.
Responsibility: Tayeb Salih ; translated from the Arabic by Denys Johnson-Davies ; introduction by Hisham Matar ; illustrated by Ibrahim Salahi.

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"The Wedding of Zein unfolds in the same village on the upper Nile where Tayeb Salih's tragic masterpiece Season of Migration to the North is set. Here, however, the story that emerges through the overlapping, sometimes contradictory voices of the villagers is comic. Zein is the village idiot, and everyone in the village is dumbfounded when the news goes around that he will be getting married -- Zein the freak, Zein who burst into laughter the moment he was born and has kept women and children laughing ever since, Zein who lost all his teeth at six and whose face is completely hairless, Zein married at last? Zein's particular role in the life of the village has been the peculiar one of falling in love again and again with girls who promptly marry another man. It would be unheard of for him to get married himself. In Tayeb Salih's wonderfully agile telling, the story of how this miracle came to be is one that engages the tensions that exist in the village, or indeed in any community: tensions between the devout and the profane, the poor and the propertied, the modern and the traditional. In the end, however, Zein's ridiculous good luck augurs an ultimate reconciliation, opening a prospect of a world made whole"--Page 4 of cover.

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