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Johnson-Davies, Denys

Works: 200 works in 693 publications in 2 languages and 15,870 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biography  Short stories  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Juvenile works  Anecdotes  Short stories, Arabic  Folklore 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Other, Compiler, Author of introduction, Creator
Classifications: PJ7846.A46, 892.736
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Publications about Denys Johnson-Davies
Publications by Denys Johnson-Davies
Most widely held works by Denys Johnson-Davies
Goha, the wise fool by Denys Johnson-Davies( Book )
9 editions published between 1993 and 2006 in English and Arabic and held by 1,166 libraries worldwide
A collection of fourteen tales about the folk hero Nasreddin Hoca, also known as Goha, a man with a reputation for being able to answer difficult questions in a clever way
The Anchor book of modern Arabic fiction ( Book )
7 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and held by 805 libraries worldwide
Featuring the work of 79 outstanding writers from all over the Arabic-speaking world, from Morocco in the west to Iraq in the east, Syria in the north to Sudan in the south, this treasury of Arab voices is diverse in styles and concerns, but united by a common language. It spans the full history of modern Arabic literature, from its roots in western cultural influence at the end of the nineteenth century to the present-day flowering of Naguib Mahfouz's literary sons and daughters.--From publisher description
Echoes of an autobiography by Najīb Maḥfūẓ( Book )
13 editions published between 1990 and 2011 in English and held by 804 libraries worldwide
A collection of sayings and parables by an Egyptian writer, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. In Do Not Curse, he writes: "Do not curse the world for it hardly has a hand in what occurs in it," and in A Heartbeat, he writes: "A single beat from the heart of a lover is capable of driving out a hundred sorrows." The pieces range in length from a page to a sentence
Season of migration to the North by al-Ṭayyib Ṣāliḥ( Book )
49 editions published between 1969 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 706 libraries worldwide
"When a young man returns to his village in the Sudan after many years studying in Europe, he finds that among the familiar faces there is now a stranger -- the enigmatic Mustafa Sa'eed. As the two become friends, Mustafa tells the younger man the disturbing story of his own life in London after the First World War. Lionized by society and desired by women as an exotic novelty, Mustafa was driven to take brutal revenge on the decadent West and was, in turn, destroyed by it. Now the terrible legacy of his actions has come to haunt the small village at the bend of the Nile. The story of a man undone by a culture that in part created him, Season of Migration to the North is a powerful and evocative examination of colonization in two vastly different worlds."--Back cover
Arabic short stories ( Book )
10 editions published between 1983 and 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 673 libraries worldwide
The time and the place and other stories by Najīb Maḥfūẓ( Book )
12 editions published between 1990 and 2001 in English and held by 667 libraries worldwide
Selected and translated by the distinguished scholar Denys Johnson-Daivies, these stories have all the celebrated and distinctive characters and qualities found in Mahfouz's novels: The denizens of the dark, narrow alleyways of Cairo, who struggle to survive the poverty; melancholy ruminations on death; experiments with the supernatural; and witty excursions into Cairene middle-class life. --Publisher
Egyptian short stories by Denys Johnson-Davies( Book )
25 editions published between 1978 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 509 libraries worldwide
Under the naked sky : short stories from the Arab world ( Book )
15 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in English and Arabic and held by 327 libraries worldwide
Drawing on an intimate knowledge of modern Arabic writing, Denys Johnson-Davies brings together a colourful mosaic of life as lived and portrayed by Arabs from Morocco to Iraq
The tree climber : a play in two acts by Tawfiq al-Hakim( Book )
14 editions published between 1966 and 1986 in 3 languages and held by 317 libraries worldwide
"In The Tree Climber, a detective, a lizard, a time-traveling dervish, and a magic tree all help to turn the quiet life of a married couple upside down."--The Publisher
Tigers on the tenth day and other stories by Zakarīyā Tāmir( Book )
7 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 314 libraries worldwide
Politieke en sociale satiren, fabels en allegorieën
Egyptian one-act plays by Denys Johnson-Davies( Book )
11 editions published in 1981 in English and Undetermined and held by 251 libraries worldwide
Arabian nights and days by Najīb Maḥfūẓ( Book )
15 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in English and held by 239 libraries worldwide
Seventeen tales based on the classic, The Thousand and One Nights, but full of modern messages
The mountain of green tea by Yaḥyá al-Ṭāhir ʻAbd Allāh( Book )
11 editions published between 1984 and 1999 in English and held by 231 libraries worldwide
The saint's lamp and other stories by Yaḥyá Ḥaqqī( Book )
9 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 176 libraries worldwide
"In the first story in this volume, the very short "Story in the Form of a Petition," Yahya Hakki demonstrates his ease with gentle humor, a form rare in Arabic writing. In the following two stories, "Mother of the Destitute" and "A Story from Prison," he describes with typical sympathy individuals who, less privileged than others, somehow manage to scrape through life's hardships. The latter story deals with the people of Upper Egypt, for whom the writer had a special understanding and affection. It is, however, for the title story (in fact, more of a novella) of this collection that the writer is best known. Recounting the difficulties faced by a young man who is sent to England to study medicine and who then returns to Egypt to pit his new ideals against tradition, "The Lamp of Umm Hashim" was the first of several works in Arabic to deal with the way in which an individual tries to come to terms with two divergent cultures."--Publisher's description
Home coming : sixty years of Egyptian short stories ( Book )
8 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 174 libraries worldwide
Short story writing in Egypt was still in its infancy when Denys Johnson-Davies, described by Edward Said as "the leading Arabic-English translator of our time" arrived in Cairo as a young man in the 1940s. Nevertheless, he was immediately impressed by such writing talents of the time as Mahmoud Teymour, Yahya Hakki, Yusuf Gohar, and the future Nobel literature laureate Naguib Mahfouz, and he set about translating their works for local English-language periodicals of the time. He continued to translate over the decades, and sixty years later he brings together this remarkable overview of the work of several generations of Egypt's leading short story writers. This selection of some fifty stories represents not only a cross-section through time but also a spectrum of styles, and includes works by Teymour, Hakki, Gohar, and Mahfouz and later writers such as Mohamed El-Bisatie, Said el-Kafrawi, Bahaa Taher, and Radwa Ashour, as well as new young writers of today like Hamdy El-Gazzar, Mansoura Ez Eldin, and Youssef Rakha
In a fertile desert : modern writing from the United Arab Emirates ( Book )
5 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 163 libraries worldwide
Here, for the first time, is a volume of short stories from this commercially and culturally vital and vibrant center of the Arab world. Life before oil in this region was harsh, and many of the stories in this collection-by both men and women from all corners of the country-tell of those times and the almost unbelievable changes that have come about in the space of two generations. Some tell of the struggles faced in the early days, while others bring the immediate past and the present together, revealing that the past, with all its difficulties and dangers, nonetheless possesses a certain no
Final night : short stories by Buthaynah Nāṣirī( Book )
11 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and held by 163 libraries worldwide
"Love and death and the passage between entry into the world and exit from it are the focus of this collection of short stories. Buthaina Al Nasiri is an Iraqi author who has lived in Cairo since 1979. Despite this physical and temporal distance from her homeland, much of her material derives from it and many of the stories in this collection reflect her deeply felt nostalgia for Iraq. In contrast to many contemporary female writers, she confesses to being less interested in the position of women in society than in that of people in general and the sufferings they experience between birth and the end of life. None the less, some of her best stories depict the many-colored relationships that exist between the sexes. Buthaina Al Nasiri's work has been widely translated into European languages, but this is the first volume of her stories to appear in English, for which renowned translator Denys Johnson-Davies has selected work from a career of short-story writing spanning some thirty years."--Publisher's description
The essential Tawfiq al-Hakim : plays, fiction, autobiography by Tawfīq Ḥakīm( Book )
13 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 129 libraries worldwide
"The importance of Tawfiq al-Hakim (1898-1989) to the emergence of a modern Arabic literature is second only to that of Naguib Mahfouz. In this volume, Tawfiq al-Hakim's fame as a playwright is given prominence. Tawfiq al-Hakim produced several of the earliest examples of the novel in Arabic; included in this volume is an extract from his best known work in that genre, the delightful Diary of a Country Prosecutor, in which he draws on his own experience as a public prosecutor in the Egyptian countryside. Three of the many short stories he published are also included, as well as an extract from The Prison of Life, an autobiography in which Tawfiq al-Hakim writes with commendable frankness about himself."--Jacket
The essential Naguib Mahfouz by Najīb Maḥfūẓ( Book )
6 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 106 libraries worldwide
Naguib Mahfouz, the first and only writer of Arabic to be awarded the Nobel prize for literature, wrote prolifically from the 1930s until shortly before his death in 2006, in a variety of genres: novels, short stories, plays, screenplays, a regular weekly newspaper column, and in later life his intensely brief and evocative Dreams. His Cairo Trilogy achieved the status of a world classic, and the Swedish Academy of Letters in awarding him the 1988 Nobel prize for literature noted that Mahfouz "through works rich in nuance-now clear-sightedly realistic, now evocatively ambiguous-has formed an A
The essential Yusuf Idris : masterpieces of the Egyptian short story by Yūsuf Idrīs( Book )
3 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 86 libraries worldwide
"Yusuf Idris (1927-91), who belonged to the same generation of pioneering Egyptian writers as Naguib Mahfouz and Tawfiq al-Hakim, is widely celebrated as the father of the Arabic short story, just as Mahfouz is considered the father of the Arabic novel. He studied and practiced medicine, but his interests were in politics and the support of the nationalist struggle, and in writing-and his writing, whether in his regular newspaper columns or in his fiction, often reflected his political convictions. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize for literature more than once, and when the prize went to Naguib Mahfouz in 1988, Idris felt that he had been passed over because of his outspoken views on Israel. In all, Yusuf Idris wrote some twelve collections of superbly crafted short stories, mainly about ordinary, poor people, many of which have been translated into English and are included in this collection, along with an extract from one of his novels, in this collection of the best of his work."--Jacket
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Alternative Names
ʿAbd al-Wadūd 1922-
Abdul Wadood 1922-
Abdul Wadoud 1922-
Abdulwadood 1922-
Davies, Denys J. 1922-
Davies, Denys Johnson-.
Davies Denys Johnson- 1922-....
Denys Johnson-Davies Canadees taalkundige
Denys Johnson-Davies Canadian translator
Ǧūnsūn-Dayfīz, Dīnīs 1922-
Ǧūnsūn-Dayvīz, Dīnīs 1922-
Ǧūnsūn-Dīfīz, Dīnīs 1922-
Ǧūnsūn-Dīvīz, Dīnīs 1922-
Johnson-Davies, D.
Johnson-Davies, D. (Denys)
Johnson Davies, Denys 1922-
Johson-Davies, D.
Jūnsūn-Dīfīz, Dinīs
Jūnsūn-Dīvīz, Dinīs
Wadoud Abdul 1922-....
جونسون-ديفيز، دنيس
جونسون-ديفيز، دنيس، 1938-
جونسون-ديڤيز، دينيس
جونسون-ديڤيز، عبد الودود
دنيس جونسون ديفز
ديفيز، دينيس جونسون، 1938-
دينيس جونسون-ديفيز، 1938-
ديڤيز، دينيس جونسون
ジョンソン-デイヴィーズ, デニス
English (248)
Arabic (7)
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