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The wedding of Zein and other stories

Author: al-Ṭayyib Ṣāliḥ; Denys Johnson-Davies; Ibrahim El Salahi
Publisher: Boulder, CO : Lynne Rienner, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A collection of short stories by Arabic author Tayeb Salih.
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Genre/Form: Short stories
Fiction
Translations
Translations into English
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: al-Ṭayyib Ṣāliḥ; Denys Johnson-Davies; Ibrahim El Salahi
ISBN: 089410201X 9780894102011
OCLC Number: 42376548
Notes: Translation of three stories from: ʻUrs al-Zayn wa-sabʻ qiṣaṣ.
Description: v, 120 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: The doum tree of Wad Hamid --
A handful of dates --
The wedding of Zein.
Other Titles: ʻUrs al-Zayn wa-sabʻ qiṣaṣ.
Responsibility: by Tayeb Salih ; translated from the Arabic by Denys Johnson-Davies ; illustrated by Ibrahim Salahi.

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A collection of short stories by Arabic author Tayeb Salih.

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.

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